Morgan Shahan

Morgan Shahan is a PhD candidate in 20th Century U.S. history at Johns Hopkins University. As a social and cultural historian, she is broadly interested in the intersection of social movements, race and racism, and the carceral state. Her dissertation, tentatively entitled “Managing Deviancy: Parole, Prediction, and Carceral Development, 1895-1939,” concerns the development and evolution of probation and parole laws and policy from the Progressive Era to World War II. With this work, she hopes to trace the creation and illustrate the implications of a new legal, social, and political category that lay between institutionalization and the enjoyment of ex-prisoners’ ability (however circumscribed) to navigate free society unsupervised. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she holds a B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins. Her research has been supported by the Illinois State Historical Society, Johns Hopkins University, and the UC Berkeley Library.