October 13 @ 11:10am in Room 4202/ Gillian Harkins (Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Washington)/Beyond access: Prisons, college and education justice
Professor Harkins teaches classes that dwell on the intersections of gender, sexuality and race as they shape relations between cultural forms and social formations. Her first book, Everybody’s Family Romance: Reading Incest in Neoliberal America (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), argues that the 1990s “boom” in print materials addressing father-daughter incest contributed to broader transformations of family life associated with neoliberal governance in the United States. Additional research and teaching focuses on the intersections of education justice and prison abolition in higher education in prison programs. She currently works with three college in prison programs in the Puget Sound Area: the University Beyond Bars offering courses inside the Washington State Reformatory for men since 2009; the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound offering courses inside the Washington Corrections Center for Women since 2011; and the Black Prisoners Caucus T.E.A.C.H. program offering courses inside the Clallam Bay Correctional Center since 2012.