Columbia & JIE.

Increasing connections, promoting knowledge

We are changing the ways we talk about justice on campus, starting with integrating the study of justice more fully into the Columbia curriculum.

Courses at Columbia

The Justice-in-Education Initiative provides Columbia students and faculty with an interdisciplinary framework for understanding criminal justice issues by supporting the development of new course offerings within the curriculum that engage contemporary issues of justice.

We have gathered a sample of courses related to prisons, carcerality, and mass incarceration taught at Columbia University.

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Prison Education and Social Justice Curricula

The University Seminars at Columbia University is an ongoing community of partnerships, each of which is constituted by scholars from multiple academic departments and disciplines, often including experts from outside academia, and is devoted to the study of an institution, practice, or issue of theoretical and/or practical importance.

This workshop prepares Columbia University faculty and graduate students to teach in prison contexts and to contribute to an on-campus Special Concentration in Social Justice.

The work has both theoretical and practical components. In it, participants read texts together that consider the relationship of prison education programs to prison abolition activism; that take up the special pedagogical circumstances that obtain in most prison contexts; and that analyze the imbricated economic structures, racial systems, and carceral formations that challenge social justice initiatives and prove their necessity. The seminar regularly invites participants who already teach in local prisons; those with an interest in doing so; alums of those programs; and faculty and grad students with an interest in developing a roster of campus courses that could contribute to a special concentration in social justice for undergraduates. We welcome those who work in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, sciences, and health fields. The group will decide in the first year what different forms its work will take; much of the second year will be devoted to the collaborative creation of courses and the public presentation of the various aspects of the work.

Professor Jean Howard

Patrick Anson

See the full schedule here.