Laura McTighe

Laura McTighe is an assistant professor of religion at Florida State University and the cofounder and associate director of Front Porch Research Strategy in New Orleans. Her research explores the intersections of religion, prisons, and abolition, with a particular focus on the American South and Gulf Coast. Her first book project, Fire Dreams, is a collaborative ethnography of southern Black feminist histories of mutual aid and transformative justice, undertaken in partnership with the leaders of New Orleans’ Women With A Vision after their offices were firebombed and destroyed in a still-uninvestigated arson attack. Her next book project, “Moral Medicine,” traces how religion and science have intersected throughout the history of gendered criminalization, since before the abolition of slavery and amid the making of the Jim Crow carceral sphere.

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