jub Sankofa is a speaker, artist, and author. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in Africana Studies. As a McNair Scholar, jub examined the history of Hip Hop/Rap music and its impact on African American males. jub then obtained a Master of Arts degree in African American Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). While at UCLA, jub researched the history of parole and probation, reentry and employment, prison education programs, the school to prison pipeline, and the structure of juvenile prisons, confinement programs, and other elements of youth incarceration and release. His master’s thesis, “The Trap: Black Youth and the Carceral State in California, 1929-1939,” follows the lives of young migrant laborers coming of age during the Great Depression. His thesis sheds light on the ways in which seasonal harvest labor, racist hiring practices, and vagrancy laws in California trapped Black itinerant youth in a revolving door of short-term work and incarceration. Thus, The Trap maps the role of the carceral state in restricting the mobility and labor autonomy of Black itinerant youth during a national economic crisis.
Currently, jub is a joint Ph.D student in American Studies and African American Studies at Yale University with a concentration in Public Humanities. jub’s research and teaching interests explore the United States carceral regime—the juvenile and adult criminal legal systems—at the intersections of race, history, and law. jub’s current research will focus on Black youth and the 20th Century carceral state in the U.S.