“Foundations in the Humanities” Prison Correspondence Program

“Foundations in the Humanities” is a correspondence program for people incarcerated in California Men’s Colony and Kern Valley State Prison. The curriculum for the course consists of short works of fiction, poetry, and essays.

The course is taught by IHC Graduate Teaching Fellows, and the “Foundations in the Humanities” program provides students a paid opportunity to explore issues of civic engagement and social justice, as well as to gain experience teaching in the humanities, working with non-traditional students, and alternative course delivery. The Teaching Fellows work with the IHC Director and meet four to five times during the year to read and discuss research on prison education and to discuss course goals, pedagogical techniques, and best approaches to evaluating and responding to participants’ work. Each Teaching Fellow works with up to ten participants and provides written comments to participant response essays.

For more information, contact IHC Associate Director Erin Nerstad at nerstad@ihc.ucsb.edu with any questions about this program.

2017–18 IHC Graduate Teaching Fellows

Nicole Dib, English
Olga Faccani, Classics
Gena Goodman, Classics
Adam Morrison, Religious Studies
Cierra Raine Sorin, Sociology


The Graduate Teaching Fellows Program was previously known as the Graduate Affiliates Program.

Previous Graduate Affiliates Program Fellows:

2016-2017: Community Matters

Corinne Bancroft, English Department
Daniel Grinberg, Film and Media Studies
Matt Harris, Religious Studies
Jasmine Kelekay, Sociology Department
Jennifer Lugris, Art Department

2015-2016: The Humanities and the Brain

Sara Balance, Department of Music
Rebecca Chenoweth, Department of English
Rena Heinrich, Department of Theater and Dance
Evelyn Patrick Rick, Department of Classics
Allison Shapiro, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
John Thibdeau, Department of Religious Studies

Visit here for more information on The Humanities and the Brain.

2014-2015: The Anthropocene: Views From The Humanities

Chloe Diamond-Lenow, Feminist Studies
Corrie J. Ellis, Sociology
Andrew Esch, History
Yanjun Liu, Political Science
Alexandra Magearu, Comparative Literature
Brian Tyrrell, History
Christopher Walker, English

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2013-2014: The Value of Care

Heather Berg, Feminist Studies
Lauren Ming Holden, Theater and Dance
Cheryl Jaworski, English
Chandra Russo, Sociology
Jay Stemmle, History

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