James Pratt

James Pratt

James Pratt

James Bernard Pratt, Jr. is an Albany, Ga, native, academic, organizer, politician, and professor in the department of Criminal Justice at Albany State University. A 2013 graduate of Morehouse College, Mr. Pratt continued his education at the University of California Irvine earning a master’s in Social Ecology. A National Science Foundation Fellow, he recently defended his dissertation entitled Terroir of Violence in Capital of the Southern Black Belt in the Criminology, Law and Society department at UC, Irvine. Dr. Pratt studies and works with institutions like schools, churches, and governments to understand ways that culture, the law and its enforcement, and political institutions shape the meanings of violence and the ways violence is used particularly in the South and in disputes. As a community organizer and activist, he worked to increase election participation and voter education during the 2020 election season and was the youngest candite for the 2019 Mayoral Race after years of community work and study. James’s future goals include establishing a career in academia as a research professor and administrator in addition to directing his own center for the study of violence and culture. Currently, he is working to establish the Justice Propulsion Center at Albany State University to advance and study justice, race, culture, and violence. Ultimately, he wants to use his work to help develop policies and curricula that aid in the understanding and prevention of violence, discrimination, and other social ills.