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Colleen Hackett earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Colorado (Boulder) and her B.A. in social sciences and international studies at Clark University (Worcester, MA). Professor Hackett established the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at CSU Pueblo to better connect the academic community with the incarcerated community. She enjoys teaching and researching social inequalities, prison histories, and alternative 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.

Research Interests

 Punishment and Culture
 Critical Prison Studies
 Qualitative Research/Ethnography
 Social Inequalities
 Carceral Studies


Hackett, Colleen and Ben Turk.* Forthcoming. 'Dare to Struggle Dare to Win': U.S. Prisoners Collectively Resisting Against Systems of Death. Routledge International Handbook on Penal Abolition, edited by Michael J. Coyle and David Scott. [*equal coauthorship]

Hackett, Colleen and Ben Turk.* 2018. 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.* 2018. 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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