Eric Seligman

Eric Seligman

Adjunct Professor
Room number and address: 
New Building 9.63.31


M.A. John Jay College/City University of New York (exp. 2022, economics)
Ed.M. Harvard Graduate School of Education (2016)
B.M. Northwestern University (2011)


Eric Seligman is an adjunct professor in John Jay's economics department. His research and teaching focus on the political economy of mass incarceration in the U.S. Prior to his work in economics, Eric spent several years working to expand access to college during and after one's incarceration, most recently coordinating the John Jay College Institute for Justice and Opportunity's Prison-to-College Pipeline. He is currently working with Geert Dhondt on a study of the scale and character of prison labor in the U.S. from the 1970s to the present.

Course Taught

Scholarly Work

Forthcoming, with Geert Dhondt: Prison Labor in U.S. State Prisons, 1974-2016: New Slavery or Enforced Idleness?

Forthcoming: From Labor-discipline to Labor-segmentation: American Mass Incarceration as an Evolving Labor Market Institution

Area of Expertise

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

  • Mass incarceration
  • Prison labor
  • Political economy
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