Melanie Newport is currently a Ph.D. candidate in American History at Temple
University, expecting to receive her degree this year. Her dissertation is titled “Jail America: The Reformist Origins of the Carceral
State.” It focuses on the administration of Cook County Jail from the 1950s into the 1990s. Previous research has appeared in The Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and Counterculture(ABC-CLIO, 2012) and the edited collection Oral History, Community, and Work in the American West (University of Arizona Press, 2012).
You can read more about her research agenda here, at her personal website.