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More Acclaim for Professor Nicole Fleetwood's 'Marking Time'


In a field of excellent scholarship, Marking Time stood head and shoulders above the crowd, unstintingly critically engaged and undeniably transformative.

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cover of Nicole Fleetwood's book Marking Time

Media, Culture, and Communication Professor Nicole Fleetwood has received two new book awards for her most recent publication, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Harvard University Press, 2020).

The American Studies Association (ASA) announced this week that it was awarding Fleetwood its annual John Hope Franklin Publication Prize for the "most outstanding" work published in the past year. In referencing Fleetwood's scholarship, the award committee spoke to being "overwhelmed by the innovative approach, the profound interventions, and the brilliant analysis you offer in Marking Time."

This follows an announcement last month by the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University that Marking Time would receive its annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship. 

Since its spring 2020 publication, Fleetwood's book has garnered extensive praise. Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration received the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, and was selected as a "Best of 2020" by the New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Financial Times, the Smithsonian, and ARTnews. It is the winner of the 2021 Frank Jewett Mather Award from the College Art Association of America and co-winner of the 2021 Charles Rufus Morey Book Award.

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