Nikhil Pal Singh
Faculty Director

Nikhil Pal Singh is a historian of the twentieth-century United States, who focuses on questions of race, political contention, and state power. He is the author of Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2004), winner of the Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the Organization of American Historians, and the Norris and Carol Hundley Prize from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. He has published extensively on topics including the history of liberalism, war, black radicalism, and US foreign policy. His edited collection of the writings of legendary civil rights activist Jack O’Dell, Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder: The Black Freedom Movement Writing of Jack O’Dell, was published in 2010 by the University of California Press, where he also serves as an editor for the American Crossroads book series. His next book, Exceptional Empire: Race and War in US Globalism, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

Rachael Hudak
Administrative Director

Rachael Hudak is an educator, writer, and facilitator with over twelve years of experience leading creative arts workshops, seminars, and yoga classes in prisons and jails in the Midwest. Rachael has worked in collaboration with many community organizations including the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, Chicago Public Radio, the Chicago Public Library, the Goodman Theatre, Catharsis Productions, and the Prison Creative Arts Project and has worked on anti-violence and healing initiatives in Chicago. Prior to moving to New York, Rachael worked closely with Sister Helen Prejean, activist and author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, and was the National Coordinator of the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project. Rachael is the author of teaching and discussion guides for Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Rachael is pursuing an Executive Master of Public Administration from NYU Wagner and holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.

 Raechel Bosch
Assistant Director of Communications

Raechel Bosch is a multimedia artist and producer with a decade of experience coordinating for education programs as well as producing events in the arts. She holds a master’s degree in documentary research and filmmaking from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Email:


Vashon Cox
Office Assistant

Vashon Cox was a member of the PEP program in Wallkill Correctional Facility who is presently working as a summer intern at NYU. He is currently preparing to apply for enrollment in the spring 2018 as a Black Studies major.


Jose Díaz
Office Assistant

Jose Díaz is a Latino Studies major at NYU. As a student, he is  seeking to discover the narratives that intersect between, race, class, and gender, and how these links could provide the nexus for social parity within social movements. He is also a writer and has been working in a writing group called Lives In Transition (L.I.T) that uses the power of writing to highlight the personal struggles within our politicized world. He is also a student ambassador for NYU PEP advocating and educating on the importance of inclusivity within the narrative of prison initiative programs and education as well as pushing back against the language and ideas that perpetuates the reproduction of our negative notions of those who are formerly incarcerated and people of color.


Richa Lagu
Office Assistant

Richa Lagu is a junior in New York University’s College of Arts and Science, majoring in Metropolitan Studies within the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Richa is interested in exploring the narratives and promoting the self-expression of underrepresented populations, and has a passion for community service and creative writing. She is also pursuing minors in Spanish Language and Urban Education Studies.


 Alexis Myrie
Office Assistant

Alexis Myrie is a rising senior in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Her concentration at Gallatin, titled “The Influence of Sociality on the Health of Black Women,” focuses on understanding the social factors that influence mental, emotional and physical health disparities among black women. She is also currently pursuing a minor in Social and Cultural Analysis.

We’re  hiring:

PEP is searching for a Re-entry Program Administrator. Information about the position and job application can be found here.