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Colleen Hackett Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Colleen Hackett Ph.D.
Contact Info
Psychology Building 239


Colleen Hackett, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of sociology at Colorado State University Pueblo. Professor Hackett established the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at CSU-Pueblo to better connect the academic community with the incarcerated community. She enjoys teach and researching feminist criminology, social inequalities, gender-responsive programming and carceral therapeutics, as well as transformative justice models for dealing with harm and violence. Professor Hackett has published on the social control functions of therapy in prisons, the colonial roots of the modern penal system, prisoner resistance to confinement, and the gendered impacts of imprisonment and state-mandated rehabilitation. Her work has appeared in Feminist Criminology, Contemporary Justice Review, Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics, and Perspectives on Anarchist Theory

Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Sociology.

Title: “’Helping Women Help Themselves’: An Ethnography of Carceral Empowerment and the
Neoliberal Rehabilitative Ideal at a Recovery Center for Criminalized Women”
Committee: Amy Wilkins (chair), Leslie Irvine, Christina Sue, Patti Adler, Allison McKim

 B.A., Clark University, double major Social Science and International Studies, summa cum laude.

Research Interests

 Critical Feminist Criminology
 Reentry and Rehabilitation
 Race, Class, Gender, and Crime
 Punishment and Culture
 Critical Prison Studies
 Qualitative Research/Ethnography
 Social Inequalities
 Carceral Studies


  • Hackett, Colleen and Ben Turk.* Forthcoming. Freedom First: Pursuing Abolition Through Supporting Prisoner Resistance. Anarchist Criminology: Against Authoritarianism and Punishment, edited by Anthony J. Nocella II, Mark Seis, and Jeffrey Shantz. [*equal coauthorship]
  • Hackett, Colleen and Ben Turk.* Forthcoming. Shifting Carceral Landscapes: Decarceration and the Reconfiguration of White Supremacy. Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics. [*equal coauthorship]
  • Whalley, Elizabeth and Colleen Hackett*. 2017. Carceral Feminisms: The Abolitionist Project and Undoing Dominant Feminisms. Contemporary Justice Review: 20(4): 456-473. [*equal coauthorship]
  • Perry, Tara and Colleen Hackett*. 2016. Justice in Gender-Responsiveness?: Psychological Domination and Internalized Oppressions at a Women's Prison in the U.S. Journal of Prisoners on Prisons 25(1): 19-38. [*equal coauthorship]
  • Hackett, Colleen. 2015. Justice through Defiance: Political Prisoner Support Work and Infrastructures of Resistance. Contemporary Justice Review. 18(1): 68-75.
  • Hackett, Colleen. 2013. Transformative Visions: Governing through Alternative Practices and Therapeutic Interventions at a Women's Reentry Center. Feminist Criminology. 8(3): 221-242. 2013 Honorable Mention, Division on Crime and Juvenile Delinquency, Society for the Study of Social Problems
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