Benjamin Weber

Benjamin Weber is an assistant professor of African American and African Studies at the University of California, Davis. He has worked at the Vera Institute of Justice, Alternate ROOTS, the Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers Project, and as a public high school teacher in East Los Angeles. The author of American Purgatory (The New Press), he lives in Davis, California.

News and Reviews


Read an op-ed by American Purgatory author Benjamin Weber in TIME about the critical ned to teach the history of mass incarceration.

Law & Disorder

Listen to an interview with Benjamin Weber about American Purgatory on Law & Disorder.

Los Angeles Review of Books

Read a review of American Purgatory in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

The Appeal

Read an excerpt from Benjamin Weber’s American Purgatory in The Appeal.

Books by Benjamin Weber

American Purgatory
Prison Imperialism and the Rise of Mass Incarceration

Benjamin Weber