Jill Stockwell, Director (email@example.com/609-258-7028)
Jill Stockwell was previously a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton, affiliated with the Prison Teaching Initiative and the University Center for Human Values. As a postdoc, Jill managed the NSF-funded STEPs to STEM launch pilot grant, which aims to broaden participation in STEM fields among currently and formerly incarcerated people. Jill has taught literature and composition courses with PTI since 2013 and has coordinated humanities and social science programming since 2015. Jill holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and was a Fulbright and Social Science Research Council fellow. Her current scholarship uses literary and cultural artifacts to examine the troubled relationship between incarceration and democracy in the Turkish and American contexts.
Jenny was a co-founder of the Prison Teaching Initiative at Princeton in 2005, and she has served as PTI’s Academic Director since the summer of 2017. She is a professor of astrophysics at Princeton. You can find out more about her work here.
Tara Ronda, Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org/609-258-1675)
Tara became the Program Coordinator for the Prison Teaching Initiative in 2016. She holds an M.A. in Educational Counseling from Rowan University and joint B.A. degrees in Philosophy & Religion and Literature from Stockton University. She has also been a domestic violence/sexual assault counselor, AmeriCorps program coordinator, volunteer coordinator, philosophy professor, freelance editor, service-learning director, Avon saleswoman, bartender, dry-cleaning operator, and babysitter. But this is definitely her favorite job.
PTI participates in the first-ever college graduation in a New Jersey prison, when 14 students at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women receive associate’s degrees from Raritan Valley Community College.