Director

Joshua Dubler is an associate professor in the Department of Religion and Classics, where he is presently also the Interim Chair. He is author of Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison (FSG, 2013) and co-author of Break Every Yoke: Religion, Justice, and the Abolition of Prisons (Oxford University Press, 2019). With Precious Bedell, he teaches "Incarceration Nation," an abolitionist history of imprisonment in the United States, and with Kristin Doughty, he teaches "the Cultural Politics of Prison Towns," an ethnography lab that explores the carceral geography of the Rochester region. He oversees program development and strategic planning for REJI and serves as P.I. on the program’s grants.

joshua.dubler@rochester.edu | (585) 275-4756


Assistant Director of Community Outreach

Precious Bedell is a specialist in providing resources to and helping those reentering from prisons and jails on how to navigate complex medical, social, and reentry services. She works with formerly incarcerated individuals to overcome obstacles related to housing, employment, health insurance, and family reunification and support. She oversees REJI's Justice Scholars program, recruiting annual cohorts of formerly incarcerated students in the community to pursue further higher education. She works with community stakeholders to build relationships that bring REJI's vision and mission to fruition. She also co-teaches the undergraduate course "Incarceration Nation" with Joshua Dubler, bringing local and state advocates for prison reform and decarceration to campus to share their work with Rochester's undergraduate population. She is an activist with major campaigns to free vulnerable incarcerated people during the pandemic.

precious.bedell@rochester.edu | (585) 435-1247


Assistant Director of Programming

Eitan Freedenberg oversees day-to-day logistics and strategic planning for REJI's college programs at Attica, Groveland, and Wyoming. He works within the University on faculty recruitment, hiring, and training; curriculum development; grant management; and collaborations with other departments and programs. He serves REJI's students as their primary academic advisor. Additionally, he works with partners at SUNY, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and peer college-in-prison programs to ensure that students have the resources they need to pursue and complete their degrees. He earned his PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester in 2020.

e.freedenberg@rochester.edu | (585) 210-3618


Director of Regional Initiatives

Ed Wiltse is a Professor of English and Communication at Nazareth College. He founded and directs the Jail Project, a collaboration between Nazareth and the Monroe County Jail, which over the last twenty years has facilitated meaningful intellectual exchanges between Nazareth students and incarcerated men and women. He has taught college-in-prison courses at Albion, Groveland, and Auburn.

ewiltse6@naz.edu


Faculty Coordinator

Marianne Kupin-Lisbin


Faculty Director of Campus and Community Engagement 

Kristin Doughty is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Rochester. She has taught Introduction to Cultural Anthropology in Attica, Groveland, Albion, and Five Points. She is the author of Remediation in Rwanda (U Penn Press, 2016). She is PI with Joshua Dubler on a National Science Foundation grant that supports ethnographic research into the carceral geography of the Rochester region, in conjunction with an undergraduate course, the Cultural Politics of Prison Towns. In her role with REJI, she provides support for reentry programs, including the Justice Scholars and the Alumni Reentry Support Fund.


Program Assistant

Rayna Mandara


Faculty Advisors

Kristin Doughty

Alison Peterman


Alumni Relations

Nathan Leopold


Past Instructors (2015–present)


Solveiga ArmoskaiteAlexander Kotelsky
Joel BurgesMarianne Kupin-Lisbin
Carlos CarrilloYoungchae Lee
Jerome DentAnne Merideth
Kristin DoughtyAnusha Naganathan
Jack DowneyTrevor Nelson
Brady FletcherRachel O'Donnell
Eitan FreedenbergAlison Peterman
Robin FryeDillon Ramsey
Ana Goméz PargaJames Rankine
R. Michael GosselinJarod Sickler
Murat GunerAllen Topolski
Kristin HockerEd Wiltse
David HollowaySara Vacin