Applied Research

The initiative pursues a strategy of applied research and evaluation in multiple forms to maximize capacity building based on the evolving successes of this program. In addition to considering detailed course evaluations and student work as data for evaluation, the program will also use participatory research to learn from student experiences and liaise with the wider community. The overall research process aims to engage the Boston College campus and Boston neighborhoods in generative collaborations for innovation in research, pedagogy, and practice that will serve the needs of communities most impacted by the criminal justice system.

Overall research areas

Policy, innovation and best practices in corrections

Models for prisoner reentry, public engagement, and community action

Higher education pedagogy in prisons and jails

Impacts of educational and psychosocial interventions in corrections


The initiative is currently hiring a Project Manager

We will accept applications on a rolling basis until August 1, 2019.  Applicants are encouraged to contact initiative coordinator Matt DelSesto in advance of submission with their ideas for the proposal or to learn more.