RIC Awarded Professional Development Innovation Grant for Careers in Criminal Punishment Reform

As reported by The Hub, “Johns Hopkins has awarded nearly $1 million in funding to 37 programs dedicated to supporting the professional development of PhD students. Administered by the Office of the Provost at Johns Hopkins and overseen by Nancy Kass, vice provost for graduate and professional education, the PhD Professional Development Innovation Initiative will fund short- and long-term projects that aim to expose students to a broad range of career paths, as well as projects dedicated to supporting students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education.”

RIC is the recipient of one of these awards from the Office of the Provost, which will fund new programming for PhD students.

Over the next two years, RIC will host several events geared toward PhD students in any field interested in working on reform (and/or abolition) of the criminal punishment system in the United States. RIC will bring speakers to campus who will address different types of work that PhDs can undertake, ranging from research for advocacy organizations to administration of prison education programs. This programming will be led by a faculty team of RIC director N.D.B. Connolly and associate director Stuart Schrader, along with Vesla Weaver (Political Science & Sociology) and Christy Thornton (Sociology).

JHU PhD students: please contact RIC if you have ideas about events or other requests related to professional development and reform of the criminal punishment system.