Jarrett Martin Drake is a Ph.D. candidate in social anthropology at Harvard University, where he engages in a variety of archival, educational, and organizing projects that pertain to prison abolition. Outside of Harvard, Drake facilitates workshops with grassroots organizations around topics such as liberatory memory work and digital archives. Prior to Harvard, Drake was the Digital Archivist at Princeton University as well as an advisory archivist for A People’s Archives of Police Violence in Cleveland. During his time at Princeton, he volunteered as an instructor in the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJ-STEP) Consortium through the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative, teaching preparatory writing and introductory college composition. Drake earned an M.S. in Information Science from the University of Michigan School of Information, where he worked at the Bentley Historical Library and the Special Collections Library. Before Michigan, Drake earned a B.A. in History from Yale University, where he worked at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library as well as the Manuscripts & Archives Division of Sterling Memorial Library. In between Michigan and Yale, Drake labored on the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland initiative at the Maryland State Archives.
Drake was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, where he graduated from The Benjamin Banneker Achievement Center.