Tasseli McKay

Tasseli McKay is the author of Stolen Wealth, Hidden Power: The Case for Reparations for Mass Incarceration (University of California Press, 2022). She is a research fellow in the Department of Sociology at Duke University and a social scientist in the Transformative Research Unit for Equity at RTI International. For 10 years, she worked on the Multi-site Family Study of Incarceration, Parenting, and Partnering, a mixed-method longitudinal study of 2,000 families affected by incarceration, which culminated in her first book: Holding On: Family and Fatherhood During Incarceration and Reentry (University of California Press, 2019) with Megan Comfort, Christine Lindquist, and Anupa Bir. Her current research focuses on building methods for grasping and repairing racial harm and understanding the complicated relationship between the most common forms of violence and the government forces that we deploy in the name of safety.