Jarrett M. Drake is a PhD student in anthropology at Harvard University, where he engages in a variety of archival, educational, and organizing projects that pertain to prison abolition. He also facilitates workshops with grassroots organizations around topics of transformative justice, liberatory memory work, and digital archives.
Prior to Harvard, Drake was the Digital Archivist at Princeton University as well as an advisory archivist for A People’s Archives of Police Violence in Cleveland. During his time at Princeton, he volunteered as an instructor in the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJ-STEP) Consortium through the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative, teaching preparatory and introductory college composition.
Drake earned an M.S. in Information Science from the University of Michigan and B.A. in History from Yale University. He was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, where he graduated from Benjamin Banneker Achievement Center.
His talk on Monday, September 16th from 5:30-7pm in BL417 is part of a three-night series of visits by prominent archivists to the Faculty of Information. Details on the Laura Millar visit are here and the Verne Harris visit here.