Who We Are

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

Dr. Alison Reed is Assistant Professor of English at Old Dominion University and Co-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.”

Student Justice Coordinator – Danielle Goldstein

Danielle is from Las Vegas, Nevada. As an undergraduate at Old Dominion University, she is majoring in English with a minor in African American Studies. Danielle’s devotion to prison abolition initially stems from personal experience losing loved ones to the prison industrial complex. She began working alongside her mentor, and Co-Director of HBB, Dr. Reed starting in 2017 while sharing the same abolitionist vision to initiate a social change that doesn’t rely on cops or cages. As the Student Justice Coordinator of HBB, Danielle is passionate about spreading awareness of the corruption in the so-called criminal justice system, as well as contributing to the program’s expansion by initiating a student prisoner advocacy club.

Treasurer – Casey Guditus

Resident Poet and Artist – Derek James

Public Relations – Joy Camacho

Research Assistant – Meghan Morris


Photo credits: Ericka Smith and Derek ‘DJ’ James

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