Anne-Marie Cusac

Cycle 2 Fellow


Anne-Marie Cusac is a George Polk Award-winning journalist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Roosevelt University. For 10 years, she was an editor and investigative reporter for The Progressive magazine. Anne-Marie won the George Polk Award for her article “Stunning Technology,” an investigation of the use of the stun belt in U.S. prisons. She has won the Project Censored Award three times. She has also been recognized with a second-place John Bartlow Martin Award, and a 2002 Milwaukee Press Club Award for magazine reporting. Anne-Marie’s nonfiction book Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America, was published by Yale University Press in the spring of 2009 (paperback edition, fall 2010). Cruel and Unusual was selected by the Baltimore City Paper as one of the top ten books for 2009, and won a Prevention for a Safer Society Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. In the summer of 2012, Anne-Marie was a fellow at the Scripps Howard Institute on Environment and Science. She has recently reported on the protests in Brazil and the effects of the recession on the heroin epidemic in the Midwest.