Hannah Bailey

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Hannah Bailey is from Kansas City, MO and received a B.A. in American Studies at the University of Missouri–Kansas City before coming to KU in 2014 for the American Studies PhD program. Her research interests include racial capitalism, critical ethnic studies, prison abolition, liberal personhood, and memoir as cultural text. Her research seeks to understand the relationship between racial formation and liberal capitalism in the US. She has done this specifically by analyzing differential representations of two seemingly disparate discourses—the Church of Scientology and prisons. She looks at memoirs written by ex-Scientologists and by formerly incarcerated individuals in order to portray the ways in which the sympathetic representations of ex-Scientologists contrast with representations of racialized criminality. 

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