Prison Education, higher education, critical reflections


Editorial: Critical Reflections on Higher Education in Prison

Author Bio

Guest Editors:

Dr. Helen Nichols is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln, United Kingdom. Prior to taking up post at the University of Lincoln, Dr. Nichols was a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Leeds Beckett University during which time she worked with colleagues to establish the Prison Research Network. In addition, she worked collaboratively to develop an accredited 'Learning Together' module which was delivered to a combined cohort of university students and serving prisoners within a high security prison. Her research focuses broadly on contemporary adult male imprisonment. More specifically her interests lie in prison education, the experience of imprisonment and the renegotiation of identities in the prison environment through transformative experiences.

Dr. Suzanne Young is a Lecturer in Criminal Justice at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Dr. Young has been teaching in the fields of criminology, criminal justice and sociology for the past 12 years. She is the British Society of Criminology’s joint coordinator of the Yorkshire and Humberside regional group and Deputy Chair of the BSC Learning and Teaching Network. She has been awarded the 2017 Inspiring Teacher of the Year Award at Leeds Beckett University and also was awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018.

Lead Editor:

Dr. Cormac Behan is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. His research interests include penal history, prisoners’ rights, comparative penology and prison education. Prior to taking up this position, he taught politics and history in Irish prisons for 14 years. He has served on the executive boards of the Correctional Education Association and the European Prison Education Association. Currently, Dr. Behan is the lead editor of our Journal of Prison Education and Reentry (JPER)

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