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Expertise Areas: Civic engagement, globalization, social justice
MA, UC San Diego, 1990
BA, Rutgers University, 1986
In terms of his writings about U.S. foreign policy in Asia, Hartnett has spent the past ten summers working in China, Taiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong, Nepal, and India, where he has been gathering data, photographs, and interviews. This embodied research has resulted in a slew of peer-reviewed journal articles, the Imagining China book mentioned above, and a series of conferences about U.S.-China communication, which he has co-organized and co-hosted in locations across America and China. His work bridging U.S and Chinese communication cultures has resulted in his delivering keynote addresses before Chinese audiences at conferences in Beijing in 2015, 2016, and 2018, in Shenzhen in 2016 and 2018, and in Xi’an in 2018. Hartnett was invited in January and June 2017 to present workshops before the International Department of the Communist Party of China, where he has advocated for American-style norms of civic engagement and free speech while respecting the unique political conditions in China.
Hartnett has spent the past 29 years teaching in, writing about, and protesting at America’s prisons and jails. He has taught in prisons and jails in Colorado, California, Texas, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan, and has lectured on prisons and/or the death penalty in 28 states. His commentary on prison education has appeared on MSNBC and in outlets such as Slate, Salon, In These Times, and over 100 different radio stations. He is the editor of the books Challenging the Prison Industrial Complex and Working for Justice, both published by the University of Illinois Press. As recognition of this work, Hartnett is the recipient of the University of Colorado’s Thomas Jefferson Award
COMM 4700 Thesis and Special Project Writing (required for high Latin honors)