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Ian Alexander is a PhD candidate in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. His research focuses on prisons, media history, and carceral technologies. His dissertation, "Carceral Media Practices: Techniques and Protocols for Disaggregation & Insurrection in U.S. Prisons," offers a history of media systems that have been implemented in prisons by both the institutions and their captives. From early radio to self-published newspapers, telephones, digital tablets and contraband cell phones, he shows that carceral media technologies have long been sites of struggle, and have shaped prisons, punishment, and the carceral state. Ian has taught a range of classes, including Crime, Violence, and Media and Media and the Culture of Money. He is an abolitionist organizer working in New York City, upstate New York, and his home state of Pennsylvania. Ian's other political and research interests span the history of educational and alternative media systems, history of capitalism, history of finance capital, and the non-profit industry.

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