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The Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison

Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison: Please add this brief summary

The Research Collaborative on Higher Education is a team of researchers concerned with issues of equity and quality in the growing field of higher education in prison. Working collaboratively with higher education in prison programs across the U.S., we seek to document, analyze, and expand quality postsecondary educational opportunities for currently and formerly incarcerated people.

The Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison is part of the University of Utah Prison Education Project, a multi pronged approach to expand the field of quality higher education in prison. We work in collaboration with programs across the country to transform the landscape of higher education in prison through empirical research and collaboration toward more equitable and quality experiences for incarcerated students. For more information on this work, please see our recent article and the June 2019 Research Brief.

Check out the new publication from the ASHE-NITE paper series and sponsored by the Lumina Foundation titled, Expanding Quality Higher Education for Currently and Formerly Incarcerated People: Committing to Equity and Protecting Against Exploitation authored by Dr. Erin L. Castro and Dr. Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher.

Research Collaborative Members:

Erin L. Castro is an Associate Professor of Higher Education and Co-Director/Founder of the University of Utah Prison Education Project. She directs the Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison.

Caisa Elizabeth Royer is a postdoctoral research associate with the Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison through the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah. She received her doctorate through a joint J.D./Ph.D. program in Law, Psychology, and Human Development at Cornell University.

Estefanie Aguilar Padilla is a graduate research assistant with the Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison. She is a graduate student in the Masters of Statistics, Econometrics program at the University of Utah.  

Tranquilino “Kino” Hurtado is a graduate research assistant with the Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison and a first year doctoral student in the Educational Leadership and Policy program at the University of Utah. His research interests include the impact of BIPoC educational leadership on community perceptions of education and student outcomes. 

 

Have questions about our work or want to connect with the team? Read more about our current project, Researching Postsecondary Educational Opportunities in U.S. Prisons, here.

The Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison at the University of Utah is seeking interview participants for a research study on the influence of disciplinary power on in-prison higher education. Check out this flier for more information. 

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