Ben Barron
Ph.D. Student of Geography • Carceral Geography • Feminist Geography • More-than-Human Geography • Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Fluri
Environment-Society

Introduction 

I am a PhD student studying carceral geography, feminist geography, and more-than-human geography. I expect to graduate in 2024. I am interested in both academia and non-academia. I research Colorado’s State Wildland Inmate Fire Team (SWIFT), a program that trains and deploys incarcerated men as wildland firefighters. After completing my PhD, I hope to obtain a tenure track position in human geography, preferably with a significant teaching component. 

I research Colorado's State Wildland Inmate Fire Team (SWIFT), a program that trains and deploys incarcerated men as wildland firefighters. Drawing on feminist geography and more-than-human geography, I consider how participatation in the SWIFT program changes an individual's sense of self - both articulated and embodied - and how this in turn shapes relational power dynamics, including along lines of race and gender, within prison, on the fire line, and after release.