Lee Flamand

PhD Candidate

Lansstraße 5-9
14195 Berlin



Doctoral Candidate at the Graduate School of North American Studies.

Freie Universität Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin – JFK Institute

M.A. – North American Studies (Culture, Economics)
Grad. 2008

UC Berkeley

B.A. English  - Highest Academic Honors


Professional Experience

2013-2015 Consultant – Market Logic Software, Berlin, Germany
2013 Research Analyst – Market Logic Software, Berlin, Germany
2012-2013 International Business Development & Marketing Assistant – CWT, Berlin, Germany
2009-2011 EFL and Legal English Instructor – Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey
2008 Executive Legal Assistant – W&P, San Francisco, California, USA

Research Interests

  • 20th-21st century culture, literature and social theory
  • Theories & representations of imprisonment, race, crime & masculinity
  • Sociologies of mass incarceration, race, urbanity & poverty
  • History, institutionalization & politics of literary theory
  • Interdisciplinary methodologies
  • Application of NLP & Cog. Computing to Academic Research


“The Shades of the Prison-House”: Genres as Social Theories of American Crime and Punishment (Working Title)

This project, which is still in early phases of its development, wishes to explore and analyze evolving representations of criminality and punishment in American cultural production across quintessential genres and historical periods. It seeks to relate these representations historically to the social, political and legal development of punishment regimes up through our contemporary moment of mass incarceration. Key to this study is the assumption that genres and texts can be read as implicit elaborators and transmitters for social theories which, when embedded firmly in their historical and social context, can in turn provide insight into the development of the ideas and institutions which serve as the foundation for historical social realities. At stake is not only an understanding of the cultural work literary rhetoric and generic narrative conventions have performed in the emergence of distinctly American notions of freedom and confinement, but also the potential to think through the ways cultural products have served to critique or collude in the historical articulation and development of American criminal justice regimes.

Dahlem Research School
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft