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Nikhil is a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University, and Founding Faculty Director of the NYU Prison Education Program. A historian of race, empire, and culture in the 20th-century United States, Singh is the author, most recently, of Race and America’s Long War (University of California Press, 2017). He is also the author of the award-winning book, Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2004), and author and editor with Jack O’Dell of Climin’ Jacob’s Ladder; The Black Freedom Movement Writing of Jack O’Dell. A new book Exceptional Empire: Race, Colonialism and the Origins of US Globalism is in-progress, and forthcoming from Harvard University Press. Singh’s writing and historian interviews have appeared in a number of places including New York Magazine, TIME, the New Republic, and on NPRs Open Source and Code Switch.
Shabnam is an Associate Professor of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt, and a clinical and community psychologist who examines and intervenes in the health and mental health disparities created by persistent inequality. Javdani completed her doctoral work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012, and completed an APA-approved clinical internship in the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago prior to coming to Steinhardt. The overarching goal of her scholarship is to understand and reduce the development of inequality-related mental health and legal problems and study community and institutional responses to these complex challenges. Javdani’s research hopes to advance our understanding of people in context, and to identify meaningful individual- and ecological-level solutions. Javdani approaches this goal with three interrelated areas of inquiry.
Kaitlin completed her PhD in American Studies at NYU in 2019, and her MA degree in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, and certificate in Adult Education from University of Toronto in 2011. She joined PEP as Executive Director after 13 years at Prescott College, where she taught and helped to establish the Maasai Community Partnership Program for Indigenous land rights research, and the Social Justice and Community Organizing Master’s Program. The latter trains students in critical theory and organizing, while coordinating real-time grassroots campaigns through partnership with movement organizations in Arizona. She is excited to bring her abolitionist commitment to pedagogy and educational justice to the team of students, staff, and faculty at PEP.
Rich is a poet, essayist, events organizer, and community educator originally from Paterson, New Jersey. Moving within the fields of healing, peer navigation, and social services, Rich is a cultural worker in the Nuyorican tradition, following a path set forth by activists and educators from Pura Belpre to Luis Garden Acosta, and carrying forward a belief in storytelling as a tool of liberation. He has been quoted on Latinx literature and culture by HBO and The New York Times, and his work is most recently anthologized in What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (Northwestern University Press, 2019) and the forthcoming The BreakBeat Poets, Volume 4: LatiNEXT (Haymarket Books, 2020). His debut collection, Comprehending Forever (2014), was an Editor’s Choice selection from Willow Books/Aquarius Press. Rich earned his B.A. in political science from Montclair State University, and he looks forward to connecting PEP students (and their families) to the resources needed to sustain their lives after incarceration.
Raechel has many years of experience developing education programs and strategic initiatives. Her work is solutions-oriented and focuses on quality, multidisciplinary and collaborative partnerships. She earned her Master’s degree from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University in documentary studies.
Alejandra graduated from the University of Maryland, where she earned her BA in Government & Politics with a minor in French. She has worked with at-risk youth in the DC metro area and is interested in increasing access to higher education for underserved communities. She is currently pursuing her MPA focused on International Development Policy & Management
Jose is a Master’s student majoring in Social and Cultural Analysis with an emphasis on Latino Studies at NYU. As a student and advocate, he seeks to unravel colonial narratives that underlie our common notions of race, class, and gender, and how those ideas inform public space and human interaction. He is also a writer and public speaker, where he uses the power of storytelling to highlight his personal struggles with incarceration while challenging theoretical postulations about the carceral system. He advocates and educates on the importance of inclusivity within prison initiative programs and education as well as pushing back against the language, privilege, and ideas that perpetuates the reproduction of negative notions of people of color.