MA Candidate: Abolitionist Social and Cultural Study on Violence and Psychiatry
Tope is an anti-violence worker and researcher with an abolitionist vision of justice. As a Black
disabled person, their experiences with psychiatry pushed them towards abolition where they found community with the transformative justice collective, Cradle Community. Tope is a co-author of Cradle’s first book, Brick by Brick: How We Build a World Without Prisons (2021). Tope has worked with both perpetrators and survivors of violence in prisons and in the community and recognizes the structural roots of violence. Tope is a recipient of the Fulbright All Disciplines award and will be designing a concentration in the form of an abolitionist study on social violence and psychiatry. Tope aims to use their scholarship to continue exploring alternative routes for justice and accountability that do not reproduce harm or treat individuals as disposable.