Stephanie C. Iasiello, PhD

Educator | Academic | Activist

Stephanie C. Iasiello

PhD in English Literature

Location: Atlanta, GA


Phone: (404) 590-4446

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Stephanie received her PhD in English from Emory University. She is currently serving as President of the Board of Directors for Reforming Arts, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that provides a theater-infused liberal arts higher education to the individuals incarcerated at women's prisons across the state of Georgia.


Her research interests include contemporary literature of the African Diaspora, slavery, neo-slavery, mass incarceration, criminal justice reform, critical race theory, postcolonial theory, and queer theory. 

Stephanie began working towards a JD at Georgia State University College of Law in the fall of 2019 as a means to continue her social justice & advocacy work.



2019 - 2023 (Anticipated)

Georgia State University College of Law

Juris Doctor 

Certificate in Public Interest Law (pending)

2012 - 2018

Emory University, Laney Graduate School

MA, PhD in English Literature

Dissertation Title: "Slavery and its Afterlives: Contemporary (Re)imaginings of the Zong Massacre" 

2008 - 2012

State University of New York College at Geneseo

BA in English Literature and Black Studies


January 2017 - Present

Reforming Arts, President of the Board of Directors

September 2016 - Present

Reforming Arts, Instructor

English Literature & Composition

June 2017 - May 2018

Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University

Digital Publishing Fellow

February 2014 - July 2018

Woodruff Library, Emory University

Still Image Processing Assistant

Skills & Interests


Prison Studies & Abolitionism, Queer Theory, Pedagogy, Literature of the African Diaspora, Legal Research


Academic Essays, Grants


High School & College

English, Writing, Grammar, Literary Analysis, and College Admissions

Open Access &

Digital Publishing

Website Design, Curating Digital Content 


Awards & Distinctions

  • 2019 recipient of the “30 Under 30” Non-Profit Leader Award,Young Non-Profit Professionals Network of Atlanta

  • 2019 Finalist for the Mellon/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Member of Phi Beta Kappa


  • Arts-Based Education

  • Feminist Pedagogy

  • Decriminalizing Homelessness

  • LGBTQ Advocacy

  • Equestrian Sports

I'd love to hear from you.

Stephanie C. Iasiello


Phone: (404) 590-4446

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