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Steph C. Iasiello, PhD

Educator | Coach | Consultant 


Steph C. Iasiello

PhD in English Literature

JD Candidate

Location: Atlanta, GA


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Steph received their Ph.D. in English from Emory University. They served as a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and Director of Information and Education at the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison. Prior to their appointment at the Alliance, they served 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.


Steph's 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. 

Currently, Steph is pursuing a JD at Georgia State University College of Law. In addition to working as a graduate assistant for the Georgia State University Prison Education Project, they have also helped to develop GSU's Street Law program as a means to continue their 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

Areas of Research: Literatures of the African Diaspora, Critical Race Theory, Slavery, Neo Slavery

2008 - 2012

State University of New York College at Geneseo

BA in English Literature and Black Studies

Old books, reading glasses, vintage chess pieces, lit candle and vase with gypsophila flow


August 2021 - Present 

Georgia State University Prison Education Project

April 2020- Present 

Apogee College Prep


August 2020- October 2021 

Alliance for Higher Education in Prison

Director of Information and Education

Associate Editor, Journal of Higher Education in Prison

American Council of Learned Societies/Mellon Foundation Public Fellow

January 2017 - July 2020

Reforming Arts, President of the Board of Directors

September 2016 - July 2020

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 & Services


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


Academic Essays, Grants, Book Indexing


High School & College

English, Writing, Grammar, Literary Analysis, College Admissions, & College Prep

Open Access &

Digital Publishing

Website Design & Management, Curating Digital Content 


Awards & Distinctions

  • 2020 - 2022 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow

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

  • Member of Phi Beta Kappa


  • Prison Abolition

  • Higher Education in Prison

  • Literature of the African Diaspora

  • Critical Race Theory

  • Arts-Based Education

  • Queer Feminist Pedagogy

  • Decriminalizing Homelessness

  • LGBTQ Advocacy

  • Public Interest Law