Evaluation and Research Committee

The mission of The Inside-Out Evaluation and Research Committee is…

Committee Members

Sarah Allred (Berry College)
Nina Johnson (Swarthmore College)
David M. Krueger (The Inside-Out Center Liaison)
Jim Nolan (West Virginia University)
Michelle Ronda (Borough of Manhattan Community College)
Ernest Quimby (Howard University)
Jerry Stahler (Temple University)
Barb Toews (University of Washington Tacoma)
Tricia Way (Temple University)

Sarah Allred is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Berry College. Her teaching interests include health, disability, and program evaluation. She was trained as an Inside-Out instructor in the summer of 2007, and has offered an Inside-Out course each Spring since that time. She leads an Inside-Out Think Tank at the prison where she teaches. She has published on a range of topics including program features and impacts associated with student participation in The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, attrition in the National Exposure Registry, and the social construction of mental illness. She serves as Program Evaluator for a community-based organization that was recently awarded a five-year renewable Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Grant. The grant supports activities and educational campaigns designed to reduce alcohol and marijuana misuse among youth. Dr. Allred earned a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Nina Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Program in Black Studies at Swarthmore College. Her research interests lie in the areas of politics, race, space, class, culture, stratification and mobility. Her current project is a multi-method study of the impacts of mass incarceration at the neighborhood level, which is complemented by her teaching in Urban Sociology and public policy using the Inside-Out pedagogy. She wholeheartedly endorses every word of James Baldwin, but finds the following particularly prescient in shaping and informing her work: “The time has come, God knows, for us to examine ourselves, but we can only do this if we are willing to free ourselves of the myth of America and try to find out what is really happening here.” 

Jim Nolan is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University where he teaches courses on the topic of crime and social control. He has taught Inside-Out courses in West Virginia state prisons since 2006. His research focuses on urban policing, intergroup relations, and the measurement of crime. Dr. Nolan was a police officer in Wilmington, Delaware for 13 years. He is coauthor of the book, The Violence of Hate: Confronting Racism, Anti-Semitism, and Other Forms of Bigotry, 3rd edition and his recent research publications have appeared in the American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, The Justice Professional, Victims and Offenders, Policing & Society, Criminal Justice Studies, Homicide Studies, Journal of Criminal Justice, and The American Sociologist. Dr. Nolan earned a Ph.D. from Temple University.

Michelle Ronda is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice Department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/City University of New York (CUNY); she joined the faculty in Fall 2014. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Michelle teaches courses in Corrections, Criminology, and Criminal Justice and the Urban Community. As a critical criminologist, she has long-standing interests in deviance, social control, and social justice. She has experience teaching courses in prison, including Inside-Out courses, at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York State’s maximum-security women’s prison, through the Marymount Manhattan College program. Michelle is currently working with a colleague on a qualitative research project about the impact of Inside-Out courses on students in New York State. In addition, she is developing a study of the impact of comprehensive community initiatives on reduction of youth violence in urban neighborhoods. She lives in the house in which she grew up in Astoria, NY with a dog and two cats.

Ernest Quimby is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University. He is also the Coordinator of its Criminology Program. His previous professional activities centered around HIV/AIDS, homelessness, substance use disorders, qualitative research training for psychiatrists and mental health services. Expanded interests include gentrification, equitable community development and restorative justice. His main teaching courses are: “Social Change and the Criminal Justice System,” “Restorative Justice,” “Deviance and the Community,” “Internship Criminology” and “Principles of Criminal Justice.” His teaching-research-learning-activism approach involves linking conceptual development and reflection with community engagement, participatory action research, service learning and applied public sociology.

Jerry StahlerJerry Stahler is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University. His research interests and publications have focused on addiction, particularly on developing and evaluating social interventions for addressing the problem of substance abuse. He has been involved as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on a number of research grants mostly focusing on substance abuse, including grants funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Dr. Stahler is an elected member of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University. Prior to joining the department, Dr. Stahler served as Associate Vice Provost for Research at Temple University, as Director of Evaluation Research at the National Center for Family Studies at Catholic University, as a Clinical Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and worked as a private practice clinician. He has been teaching Inside-Out classes since 2001 (prior to the inception of the training program) in various criminal justice settings at the county, state, and federal levels, and he is proud that two of his sons have taken Inside-Out classes with Lori Pompa.

Barb Toews is Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice at University of Washington Tacoma. Her research explores the relationships between restorative justice, architecture and design, and psycho-social-behavioral and judicial outcomes, research that includes the use of art/design-based qualitative methods. She is also co-creator of Designing Justice+Designing Spaces (www.designingjustice.com), an initiative that explores what justice buildings would look like if restorative justice served as a design framework. Barb became an Inside-Out instructor in 2008 and teaches courses on restorative justice, including some classes which include content and design labs in architecture and design. She is an experienced practitioner, trainer, and educator in restorative justice and has numerous publications, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for People in Prison and Critical Issues in Restorative Justice, co-edited with Howard Zehr. Barb holds a Masters degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University and a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

Tricia Way is the Associate Director of The Inside-Out Center. She earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Religion at Temple University, with a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. Her doctoral studies focused on the intersections of religiosity, social movements, and economic globalization. More recently her interests lie in mass incarceration, gender, and neoliberalism. She completed The International Inside-Out Instructor Training Institute in 2010 and has since facilitated three Inside-Out courses in men’s state prisons and a federal detention center. She has co-facilitated The Training Institute since the summer of 2013 and has co-facilitated a variety of other adaptations of the Inside-Out model in carceral and non-carceral settings. She is also a member of The Inside-Out Think Tank at SCI-Graterford in Pennsylvania, which holds trainings and public workshops in order to engage incarcerated and non-incarcerated people in dialogue about social justice issues.

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