Colley, Zoe


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Dr Zoe Colley works on twentieth century American history, with a focus upon race, crime, and political organizing. I am also interested in the policing of African American communities, and the struggle against racism within the criminal justice system. Before joining the University of Dundee un 2004, I worked as a Teaching Fellow at the University of St Andrews. I was a Scouloudi Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research during 2002.




My current research examines the intersection between the criminal justice system and African American activism during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.


  • I am close to completing a monograph, which has been provisionally titled Presumed Guilty: Black Power, Radical Politics, Crime, and Justice.  
  • I am also writing a journal article on the use of behavioural modification against politically active prisoners in the 1960s and 1970s, entitled “Erasing Minds: Behavioral Modification, Political Prisoners, and Psychological Experimentation in America’s Prisons, 1960-1974.”
  • I am working on a journal article on prison reform in Arkansas from the 1950s through to the 1980s.





  • America: Land of the Free (HU22001, level 2)
  • America in the Sixties (HY32032, level 3)
  • Martin Luther King and the American Civil Rights Movement (HY42038, level 4)



  • Directed Reading in Historical Research (HY52025, level 5)
  • Documenting Dissent: Power, Protest, and Social Justice in the Twentieth Century (HY52031, level 5).
  • Historical Skills and Sources (HY52006, level 5).
  • History and Documentary (HY52029, level 5)
  • Public History (HY51045, level 5)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Newcastle University

Master of Arts, Newcastle University

Bachelor of Arts, Newcastle University

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politicization Social Sciences
prisoner Social Sciences
Islam Social Sciences
correctional institution Social Sciences
Prison Arts & Humanities
federal authority Social Sciences
Prisoners Arts & Humanities
African Americans Arts & Humanities

Projects 2013 2015

Research Output 2005 2016

140 Downloads (Pure)

War without Terms: George Jackson, Black Power and the American Radical Prison Rights Movement, 1941-1971

Colley, Z., Apr 2016, In : History. 101, 345, p. 265-286 22 p., 12228.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Black Power
African Americans
8 Citations (Scopus)
correctional institution
federal authority

Ain't Scared of Your Jail: arrest, imprisonment, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Colley, Z., 2012, Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida. 160 p. (New Perspectives on the American South)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Race and Rights: New Perspectives on the African American Experience

Colley, Z. A., 2005, In : Journal of Contemporary History. 40, 1, p. 179-188 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


"Injustice on Their Backs and Justice on Their Minds": Political Activism and the Policing of London's Afro-Caribbean Community, 1945-1993

Author: Fevre, C., 2019

Supervisor: Colley, Z. (Supervisor), Johansen, A. (Supervisor) & Graham, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy