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Evaluation and Research Committee

The mission of The Inside-Out Evaluation and Research Committee is to serve as an advisory body to The Inside-Out Center on the directions of / priorities for program evaluation and research – and to scholars interested in conducting program evaluation on Inside-Out.

Committee Members

Sarah Allred (Berry College)
Nina Johnson (Swarthmore College)
Michelle Ronda (Borough of Manhattan Community College)
Ernest Quimby (Howard University)
Barb Toews (University of Washington Tacoma)

Sarah AllredSarah 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. Sarah earned a PhD 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 RondaMichelle Ronda is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Criminal Justice (CRJ) in the Department of Social Sciences, Human Services, and Criminal Justice at BMCC. She has long-standing interests in deviance and social control, as well as criminal justice and social justice, and has taught courses in sociology, criminology, urban studies, and theories of justice. She has also taught courses in prison, at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York State's maximum-security women's prison, in the Marymount Manhattan College Bedford Hills College Program. Michelle oversees a Criminal Justice program of approximately 2,900 students, 35 part-time, and 9 full-time faculty, and works closely with the John Jay CUNY Justice Academy to transition students to complete bachelor’s degrees on that campus. Click here for more.

Michelle is currently co-Principal Investigator on a research project exploring Inside-Out or combined classes in two New York State prisons for women, examining the impact on participants of college courses taught in prison that bring together “outside” students with incarcerated students. She contributed a chapter entitled, “The Children of the Whole People Can be Educated,” to Women on the Role of Public Higher Education: Personal Reflections from CUNY’s Graduate Center (eds. Deborah Gambs and Rose Kim), Palgrave Macmillan 2015. Click here to close paragraphs.

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 the 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 (, 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 Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University and a PhD from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

“This has been the most meaningful teaching I’ve ever engaged in. Something happens in the Inside-Out circle that is so much more than the sum of its parts that you can get to feeling like the ceiling might blow off! Apparently, our society desperately needs these conversations – these extensions of trust – to happen. Inside-Out students humble and buoy the instructor; these classes challenge, elate, educate, pierce the heart. Consistently, across the country, the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is opening up doors that simply must open; I believe this is life-changing work for all who participate.”

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