Who We Are

Co-Director – Dr. Alison Reed (@AlisonRoseReed)

Dr. Alison Reed is Assistant Professor of English at Old Dominion University and Director of Humanities Behind Bars. She has published creative and critical work on social identities and power as well as prison pedagogy. In 2016, she co-founded the prison education program with Dr. Meghan McDowell while they facilitated a weekly reading group for collective study of selected texts by authors such as James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates. She currently offers a course every semester at Norfolk City Jail titled “Soundtracks of Struggle: The Poetics and Politics of American History.”

Co-Director – Kendrick McCray

Student Justice Coordinator – Danielle Goldstein

Danielle Goldstein is in her first year at Old Dominion University majoring in Sociology with a minor in African American Studies. Prior to working with Dr. Reed, she intended to pursue a career in social work with vulnerable communities or as an incarceration researcher and educator, so when a professor at ODU informed her about Dr. Reed’s Humanities Behind Bars program, she was overjoyed to begin working and building with her. She is very passionate about informing people about the corrupt justice system, which ironically is not just at all.

Treasurer – Casey Guditus

Resident Poet and Artist – Derek James

Public Relations – Joy Camacho

Research Assistant – Debra Sewe


Photo credits: Ericka Smith and Derek ‘DJ’ James

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