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Korey Tillman

Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Korey Tillman holds a PhD from the University of New Mexico. He earned his MA in sociology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his BS in computer science from Syracuse University. His research sits at the nexus of race, policing, and empire. Korey’s dissertation challenges Human as a universal category and shows that Black people are policed in ways that reify Blackness as non-Human. As an abolitionist, the goal of his work is to build upon the legacies of the Black feminist and radical traditions to move towards a world where African diasporic communities receive care, not criminalization. Korey’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the U.S. Fulbright Program, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Fellowship. His scholarship has been published in Social Problems, Sociology Compass, and Oxford University Handbook on Ethnographies of Crime and Criminal Justice. Korey is co-editor of the recently published book, Neglected Social Theorists of Color: Deconstructing the Margins with Lexington Books. Online, Korey is the co-creator of the #SocAF hashtag aimed to eradicate imposture syndrome and foster an inclusive academe through communal love and affirmation. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, watching films and comedy, and spending time with loved ones.