Dr. CalvinJohn Smiley, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology department of Hunter College-City University of New York. He is a graduate of the CUNY-Graduate Center Sociology Doctoral Program (2014), completing his dissertation, entitled, Existing But Not Living: Neo-Civil Death and the Carceral State. This qualitative work explores the ways in which men and women navigate and negotiate the reentry process with diminished economic, political, and social rights.
Dr. Smiley is invested in research that investigates social injustice and inequality. He is particularly interested in the intersectionality of race, class, and gender working on issues such as: mass incarceration, capital punishment, and prisoner reentry. As a scholar, Dr. Smiley has been published in several peer-reviewed journals on topics including: social media & virtual space; prisoner reentry; and critical race theory. More recently, he has become more passionate in exploring the relationships between human and non-human animals in society and the various inequalities associated with this connection.
Dr. Smiley has been a State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator (SDPAC) in Pennsylvania for Amnesty International. He currently serves as the Vice-President of Board of Trustees for New Jersey Association on Corrections (NJAC), an organization dedicated to helping "people with a past, build a future." Finally, he has volunteered with the Free Mumia Coalition and an activist for the release of political prisoners, prisoners of consciousness, and eradication of the model penal/correctional system.
Finally, Dr. Smiley is a member of several professional organizations including Kappa Alpha Psi Inc. (the second oldest Black fraternity), was a Division I athlete (swimming) all four years at Lehigh University, and currently resides in Queens, NY with his partner, Maria and their beagle (Molly) and kitty (Stella).
“We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.”
-Ernesto "Che" Guevara