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)
Michelle Ronda (Borough of Manhattan Community College)
Ernest Quimby (Howard University)
Barb Toews (University of Washington Tacoma)

Sarah Allred

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.” 

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.

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.

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