Stephanie C. Iasiello, PhD

Educator | Academic | Activist

Stephanie C. Iasiello

PhD in English Literature

Location: Atlanta, GA


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Stephanie received their PhD in English from Emory University. They are currently 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.


Stephanie'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. 

Stephanie began working towards a JD at Georgia State University College of Law in the fall of 2019 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

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


August 2020- Present 

Director of Information and Education

ACLS/Mellon Public Fellow

Alliance for Higher Education in Prison

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 & 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

  • 2020 - 2022 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow

  • 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


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