One of the goals of this project is to curate existing and emerging information that is of direct relevance to the development of a Higher Education in Prison Research Infrastructure (HEP RI).

As the project progresses, we will add additional information to this page, including webinars, materials and instructions for disseminating hard copies of the working paper to incarcerated individuals, and resources developed by the broader HEP community.

Research Brief
April 2023

What’s next for a Higher Education in Prison Research Infrastructure?

This research brief will connect the work done by this project to potential next steps (forthcoming).

Research Brief
April 2023

Funding in HEP Research: Sustaining a Higher Education in Prison Research Infrastructure

This document will connect insights from the researcher forum with key takeaways from the funders working group.

Research Brief
October 2022

Participatory Action Research (PAR) Working Group: What’s Next for PAR in HEP?

This research brief outlines key insights from the conversations of a Participatory Action Research (PAR) working group regarding higher education in prison (HEP). Though the discussions were organized and supported by Ithaka S+R staff, the opinions expressed below solely reflect the discussions had by the PAR working group participants.

Project Update
October 2022

A Roadmap to the Higher Education in Prison Research Infrastructure Project

In this piece, we describe the goals and planning behind each of the project’s opportunities for collaboration and share the resulting resources.

March 2022

What Do Funders Need to Hear from the HEP Research Community?

On March 23, 2022, Ithaka S+R convened convened a group of higher education in prison (HEP) researchers to provide guidance on what funders need to hear from the HEP research community. This resource includes their top priorities for funding for student-centered and ethical HEP research.

August 2021

Advancing Higher Education in Prison Research

In our first webinar, we discuss how Ithaka S+R is conceptualizing a research infrastructure to support the higher education in prison (HEP) field. We explain why such an infrastructure is important and how our organization is collaborating with the HEP community to contribute to this goal. Prominent HEP researchers Erin Corbett and Sarah Tahamont reflect on how their current work would interact with a coordinated research infrastructure and how such an infrastructure could support the field. Joining the conversation, researchers and other stakeholders weigh-in on topics like ethical research practice, navigating IRBs, and publishing in the HEP space.

Learn more: read and interact with “Facilitating a Higher Education in Prison Research Infrastructure,” the discussion paper guiding our work.

Research Brief
December 2021

Higher Education in Prison: A Retrospective

In this research brief, Emily Norweg, a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University who has served as a research fellow for this project, looks to the past to make the case for increased collaboration between higher education in prison researchers.

The little-known history of college-in-prison in the United States illustrates that the viability of such programming need not be at the mercy of prevailing political winds. The origins and growth of HEP underscore the power that determined individuals and institutions can harness when they collaborate.