Josiah Corbus

Josiah Corbus

Class of 2018, American Studies
Resource Coordinator, Center for Court Innovation
Josiah Corbus

Thesis Title: "We Ask No Favors": The Founding of Deeds in Black Abolitionist Thought

What Now: I work as a Resource Coordinator at the Manhattan Justice Resource Center, a Center for Court Innovation program in Manhattan Criminal Court. My team provides alternatives to incarceration in the form of social service-based sentencing options for certain misdemeanor crimes, with the goal of evolving our system to better address the unmet needs of defendants and their families.

Hist & Lit has not left me, though some time has passed since I last left the Barker Center. I remember a sense of finality accompanying my oral exam. When again, I thought, would I have occasion to probe the connections and collisions between the novels and poems, maps and photographs that populated my studies?Sure enough, I am no longer compelled to interpret the Gettysburg Address and The Waste Land in the same breath, as I was in that exam. But, as I have found, the analytical ingenuity that a Hist & Lit education provokes in all its concentrators abides in me. To draw links and expose contradictions; to question biases and excavate origins--these are the enduring gifts of my time in Hist & Lit. I carry them and apply them and know they are part of me for good.