Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Crime & Justice Studies

Viviane Saleh - Hanna

Associate Professor

Phone: 508-910-6453
Office: Liberal Arts, Room 392D 

 Dr. Saleh-Hanna is a criminologist turned abolitionist.  Coptic and Palestinian in origin, Canadian in citizenship and PanAfricanist in her heart, she is an activist-scholar.  Prior to moving to the United States, she lived in Nigeria and worked with prisoners along the West African coastline.  Her book, Colonial Systems of Control:  Criminal Justice in Nigeria (2008) is the first to include first-hand accounts by prisoners in West Africa and the first to provide an in-depth analysis of life inside West African prisons.

She has researched and teaches about Black musicianship’s contributions to the 500-year-old struggle against white supremacy, enslavement, apartheid and imprisonment.  Tracing the European trans-Atlantic slave route through lyrics,Dr. Saleh-Hanna highlights the ideological contributions to this struggle made in Afrobeat, Reggae and Hip Hop – most notably, Fela Kuti, Peter Tosh and the Welfare Poets.  Her guiding framework centralizes anti-racist, anti-colonial and anti-patriarchal understandings of society, dominant authoritative institutions, their theoretical dispositions and manifestations of policy, a.k.a. structural violence.  To strengthen her understandings, she has begun to incorporate Black sociological interpretations of hauntology and historic memory into her work.  Dr. Saleh-Hanna serves on the board of editors for the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons and the African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies.