Dr. Michael Ralph teaches in the Department of Social
and Cultural Analysis and the School of Medicine at New York University. He is the author of the 2015 book, *Forensics of Capital*, which argues that the profile of a country or individual is a forensic profile and a credit profile. He is also author of the forthcoming graphic book, *Before 13th,* which challenges the consensus that the practice of leasing prison inmates to private corporations begins with the 13th amendment, showing instead that it began several decades earlier in a prison that included people of different races and genders. Michael is the recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, Institute for Advanced Study, and Charles Warren Center at Harvard University. This year, Michael is a W.E.B. Dubois Fellow at Harvard University.
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