Dr Josephine Metcalf is a senior lecturer in American Studies at the University of Hull, who is interested in contemporary representations of prison and gangs in American pop-culture
Her first book, The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs, was released in 2012 and she has co-edited two collections of essays, one on Ice-T (with Will Turner, Ashgate, 2014) and the other on African American culture and society after Rodney King (with Carina Spaulding, Ashgate, 2015).
She is currently working with a group of former prisoners on a British Academy-funded research project, entitled Prison, Pop-Culture, and Transatlantic Perspectives: How Former UK Prisoners Interpret American (Penal) Culture.
Jo wrote the introduction to the collection of poetry and prose from ex-offenders, Hope Walks By Me. The collection spins from the workshops hed by Jo and Russ LItten, and was a Financial Times Book of the Year in 2019.