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Steph C. Iasiello, PhD

Educator | Coach | Consultant 


Steph C. Iasiello

PhD in English Literature

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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. 

Steph earned a JD at Georgia State University College of Law in December 2023. In addition to having worked 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.

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Education & Experience


2019 - 2023

Georgia State University College of Law


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

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January 2022-Present

Georgia Humanities

Director of Digital Initiatives

August 2021 - August 2022 

Georgia State University Prison Education Project

April 2020- February 2023 

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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

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Awards & Interests

Awards & Distinctions

  • Georgia State University College of Law Fall 2022 Magazine Featured Story: "Real Life Lessons in Wrongful Conviction"

  • 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

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