Dr Follis' research interests lie at the intersection of socio-legal studies, political and social theory. He is interested in how democratic orders rationalize, legitimate and explicate punitive choices. His work focus on the areas of democratic and critical theory; political economy, justice and crime; jurisprudence of the carceral; power and the state; comparative criminal justice; historiography of the prison.
Dr Follis welcomes potential doctoral students in the areas of: legal sociology, transnational crime, human rights, prisons, and capital punishment.
I work at the intersection of socio-legal studies, political and social theory. I am interested in how democratic orders rationalize, legitimate and explicate punitive choices. In particular, I consider the centrality of penal exclusion to America's political imaginary and the historical relationship between criminal dispossession, citizenship and the emergence of the local state.
More recently, I have focused on the problem of resistance and rebellion to state power through the courts (e.g., the prisoner rights movement of 1960s and 70s or the recent hunger strikes at Guantanamo and in California) and the sort of contradictions and crises such legal tactics present for law’s own self-understanding.
I convene and contribute lectures to CRIM 205 (Criminological Thought). I also teach CRIM 335 (Historical and Philosophical Aspects of Punishment) and CRIM 342 (Crimes of Power).
Research output: Contribution to journal › Journal article
Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings › Chapter (peer-reviewed)