Jeffrey M. Konen earned his B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. It was there, through interdisciplinary inquiry in the humanities, that he developed the writer’s craft, building and compounding his interests in American literature and experience; social movements and the imagination; state, structural, and institutional terrorism; the social and legal history of dispossession; mass incarceration and prison abolition; technology and the changing nature of warfare; poetry, voice, and performance; visual art, culture, philosophical aesthetics; and critical and engaged pedagogy. In short, he took the idea of a liberal arts education seriously. In reflectively synthesizing his undergraduate degree, he spent a year in the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, refining his work on the comparative histories, theories, and legacies of slavery. Jeffrey is in the Masters of Africana Studies program at New York University, continuing his analysis on (anti)slavery, mass incarceration, history of police power, sites and architecture of ruin, and the visual culture of these (re)generative sites.
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