Gabrielle Corona

Position
Department of History
Bio/Description

Gabrielle Corona is from East Las Vegas, Nevada. A first generation college student, Gabrielle holds a B.A. in U.S. History from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Princeton, Gabrielle conducted archival research at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project housed at Stanford University. Gabrielle’s research centers the experiences of imprisoned people in the twentieth century United States with a focus on gender, power, and anti-Blackness. At UC Berkeley, Gabrielle was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate fellow.

Their article, “Food, Punishment, and the Angola Three’s Struggle for Freedom, 1971-2019,” in Southern Cultures won the 2022 San Francisco Foundation/ Nomadic Press literary prize for nonfiction. The article traces the advocacy of Albert Woodfox, Robert King, and Herman Wallace, founders of the Louisiana State Penitentiary chapter of the Black Panther Party, known as the “Angola Three.” Gabrielle examines how they used food consumption, production, and distribution to contest conditions of confinement, critique social structures, and to build solidarity among incarcerated people in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.