Hi everyone! I’m happy to see that you’re interested in following tonight’s much-anticipated State of the Union Address with us. My name is Kaden Paulson-Smith and I am an Assistant Professor of Democracy & Justice Studies at UW-Green Bay. I am also a member of the Department of Political Science and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. My research and teaching crosscut critical carceral studies, law and society, African politics, and feminist and postcolonial studies. You can read more about my research and teaching on my website here.
In tonight’s address, I’ll be listening for how President Biden addresses some of the world’s most pressing crises, from Russia’s violent invasion and war on Ukraine, to the inequities revealed and exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. I will also be expecting President Biden to ask some hard questions about how to pursue justice given the challenges of our current carceral system. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts and reactions as well, so please send them our way!