Ray Noll

Ray Noll, Joint Dissertation Fellow Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture & Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Ray is a joint PhD candidate in Political Science and Anthropology. Ray holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago, an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Ray Noll’s general research interests include critical race theory, gender and sexuality, queer theory, contemporary political theory, punishment and critical prison studies, and ethnographic methods.  Ray’s dissertation is an ethnographic exploration of the Cook County Jail (CCJ), nearing a decade of preliminary fieldwork conducted on specific programming for LGBTQ individuals incarcerated in Chicago, Illinois. The dissertation utilizes long-term ethnographic data with those formerly incarcerated at CCJ in conversation with political theory and attends to broader shifts in techniques of policing and punishment within contemporary imaginations of governmentality, political participation, insurgency, and freedom.