Christopher Petrella is a doctoral candidate in African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley where he’s currently writing his dissertation entitled “Race, Markets, and the Rise of the Private Prison State.” Christopher teaches at San Quentin State Prison and is a weekly columnist for Nation of Change. His work on the private corrections industry has been featured in Monthly Review, Truthout, Business Insider, Prison Legal News, Russia Today, and the David Pakman Show. Christopher holds a B.A. from Bates College and an M.A. from Harvard University.