Executive Committee

The mission of The Inside-Out Executive Committee is:

Committee Members

Kristin Bumiller (Amherst College)
Shaul Cohen (University of Oregon)
James Forman, Jr. (Yale University)
Susan Hyatt (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis)
Barbara Roswell (Goucher College)
Ella Turenne (Occidental College)
Lucas Wilson (Mt. Holyoke College)
Janet Wolf (Children’s Defense Fund)

Kristin Bumiller Kristin Bumiller is the George Daniel Professor of Economic and Social Institutions at Amherst College. She is the author of In an Abusive State (Victoria Schuck Book Prize, American Political Science Association, 2009) and The Civil Rights Society. Her numerous articles, which span a broad range of interests in anti-discrimination policy, feminist theory, gender and punishment, and disability rights, have been published in major journals in her field including Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society, Law & Society Review, Theoretical Criminology, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, and Journal of Politics. She has had a long-term affiliation with the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at Emory University, served on the Board of Trustees for the Law & Society Association. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

James FormanJames Forman, Jr. is a professor of law at Yale Law School. He has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, numerous law reviews, and other publications. A former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, he spent six years as a public defender in Washington, D.C., where he cofounded the Maya Angelou Public Charter School.

Barbara RoswellBarbara Sherr Roswell teaches writing at Goucher College and is Founding Director of the Goucher Prison Education Partnership, a program that offers a liberal arts degree to over 90 men and women incarcerated in Maryland while stimulating meaningful dialogue about justice, incarceration, and educational access (www.goucher.edu/gpep). She has been teaching Inside-Out courses since 2006 and had the great pleasure of collaborating with many Inside-Out faculty, students and alumni as co-editor of Turning Teaching Inside Out: A Pedagogy of Transformation for Community-Based Education (Palgrave, 2013). Barbara served as Founding Editor of Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric and Service Learning and is author of Reading, Writing and Gender (Eye on Education, 2002), Writing and Civic Engagement (Bedford, 2010), and View from the Hilltop (Passager, 2015).

Ella TurenneElla Turenne is an artist, activist and educator. Currently, she is Assistant Dean for Community Engagement at Occidental College, where she works with students, faculty, staff and community partners to engage in social justice projects in Los Angeles. Ella’s work has been published in various anthologies including Letters from Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees (nominated for a 2007 NAACP Image Award), Woman’s Work: The Short Stories, and most recently in Turning Teaching Inside Out. She is the editor of a volume of visual art and poetry commemorating the Haitian revolution entitled revolution|revolisyon|révolution 1804-2004: An Artistic Commemoration of the Haitian Revolution. Ella is also a filmmaker whose work has been an official selection of various national film festivals including the Hollywood Black Film Festival and the Montréal International Haitian Film Festival, where her short film Woodshed was nominated for Best Short Film. In response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Ella co-edited a volume of poetry on Haiti called For the Crowns of Your Heads; the funds raised were used to aid a library that was destroyed in Port-au-Prince. As an activist, she is on the Executive Steering Committee of the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was also a member of the BLACKOUT Arts Collective where she participated in Lyrics on Lockdown, a national tour where she performed and facilitated workshops educating communities about the prison-industrial complex. She was also co-founder of SistaPAC Productions, whose mission is to develop original creative works from women of color.

Janet Wolf – Poverty rights organizer since 1975; United Methodist pastor / clergy; college and seminary professor; learner / teacher / animator with think tanks inside prisons, focusing on system change, college classes with students from the inside and from free world, and transformative vs. retributive justice. Engaged in public theology and nonviolent direct action organzing, currently working with the Children’s Defense Fund to disrupt and dismantle the cradle to prison pipeline through leadership by and partnership with young people struggling with school, streets and poverty and partnership with people who are now or have been caged.

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