Project Advisors

Community and Outreach Advisors:

Donna Hylton is a Community Health Advocate for the Coming Home Program of St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in NYC. Coming Home is a special transition case-management and support program designed specifically for people who have been incarcerated and are returning to the community. In her capacity, Hylton identifies and addresses the needs of clients transitioning home from prison and jail. Hylton is also an active member of the Coalition for Women Prisoners, a statewide alliance of individuals and organizations dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system as it affects women, children and communities. Donna spent 27 years in prison where she was a key member of the Coalition’s “Violence Against Women Committee on the Inside.” She has participated in numerous panel discussions and public presentations and is an advocate with STEPS to End Family Violence, the state’s only Alternative-to-Incarceration program for survivors-defendants. Hylton has a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science and a Master of Arts degree in English from Mercy College. Donna Hylton is the women’s outreach liaison and advisor for Incorrigibles.

Katina Paron is the former editor of Teen Voices at Women’s eNews, a global girl news site that incorporates girls in the production of news about their lives. Through journalistic pieces and first-person essays, Teen Voices ( address the misrepresentation and under representation of female teens in news. Katina Paron is the youth writing liaison for Incorrigibles – activating historical materials by framing them with today’s teen contemporary voices; framing history through today’s sensibilities – enhancing our ability to frame this from the perspectives of youth, also distribution and outreach.

Victoria Sammartino is a poet, teaching artist and youth development professional. She is the founder of Voices UnBroken, an organization that makes poetry workshops accessible to youth (ages 12-24) in the juvenile and adult justice systems, and served as Executive Director from 2000-2015.  She began her career as an educator at the school for girls on Rikers Island and has worked extensively with young people in juvenile justice facilities; and with women and girls on Rikers Island, in New York State prisons, and upon discharge/release. She holds a BA in Community Arts from Bennington College and a Certificate from Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. Victoria Sammartino sits on the NYC Administration for Children’s Services’ Juvenile Justice Oversight Advisory Board and the NYC Youth Board, and is a member of the Community Justice Network for Youth, the Juvenile Justice Coalition’s Conditions of Confinement Work Group, the Prison Arts Coalition, and the Bronx Nonprofit Coalition.  

Humanities Advisory Board:

Meda Chesney-Lind, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of Women’s Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Nationally recognized for her work on girls, women and crime, her books include Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (which is in it’s fourth edition and was awarded the Hindelang Prize by the American Society of Criminology), The Female Offender: Girls, Women and Crime, Female Gangs in America, Invisible Punishment, and Girls, Women and Crime, Beyond Bad Girls: Gender Violence and Hype. She has just finished two edited collections; one on trends in girls’ violence, entitled Fighting for Girls: Critical Perspectives on Gender and Violence (2010) which won an award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for “focusing America’s attention on the complex problems of the criminal and juvenile justice systems.” and the other a collection of international essays entitled Feminist Theories of Crime published by Ashgate.

Chesney-Lind’s testimony before Congress in the nineties resulted in national support of gender responsive programming for girls in the juvenile justice system. She was included among the scholars working with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Girls Study Group; she was also a member of the Gang Prevention Study Group organized by the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More recently, she has just joined the National Institute of Corrections and National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Working Group on Gender Responsive Programming in Corrections. In Hawaii, she has worked with the Family Court, First Circuit advising them on the Hawaii Girls Court (which has been recognized a “promising practice” by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) as well as helping improve the situation of girls in detention. Meda Chesney-Lind is Incorrigibles’ feminist criminology and women’s studies advisor.

Todd Clear Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor at Rutgers School of Criminal Justice and was a former Provost at Rutgers University-Newark, and former Dean of the School of Criminal Justice. Clear received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from The University at Albany, and has also held professorships at Ball State University, Florida State University (where he was also Associate Dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice) and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Clear has authored 13 books and over 100 articles and book chapters. His most recent book is The Punishment Imperative, by NYU Press. Dr. Clear has also written on community justice, correctional classification, prediction methods in correctional programming, community-based correctional methods, intermediate sanctions, and sentencing policy, and is currently involved in studies of the criminological implications of “place,” and the economics of justice reinvestment. Dr. Clear has served as president of The American Society of Criminology, The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and The Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice. His work has been recognized through several awards, including those of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, The Rockefeller School of Public Policy, the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association, and the International Community Corrections Association. Dr. Clear is also the founding editor of the journal Criminology & Public Policy, published by the American Society of Criminology. Todd Clear is criminal justice advisor for Incorrigibles and liaison to Rutgers students and faculty.

Michelle Fine is Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. A social psychologist, her primary research interest is the study of social injustice: when injustice is perceived or appears simply fair or deserved, when it is resisted, and how it is negotiated by those who pay the most serious price for social inequities.

Maria Elena Torre is the Director and co-founder of The Public Science Project. For the last 15 years she has been engaged in critical participatory action research projects nationally and internationally with schools, prisons, and community-based organizations seeking to further social justice. Michelle Fine and Maria Elena Torre are social psychology and participatory action research advisors to Incorrigibles.

Thomas Keenan is the Director of the Human Rights Project and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Literature, Experimental Humanities, and Human Rights at Bard College. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College, a Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. from Yale University. In the field of human rights, he has worked with the Soros Documentary Fund, WITNESS and The Journal of Human Rights. Thomas Keenan is the experimental humanities and human rights advisor to Incorrigibles. His book Fables and Responsibilities: Aberrations and Predicaments in Ethics and Politics (1997) is a strong point of reference for the project.

Allison McKim, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bard College with specialization in gender; punishment and social control; deviance and criminology; sociology of law; drug policy; the welfare state; and ethnographic research methods. Her current research focuses on how gender, race, and class shape approaches to addiction and crime in the United States. Other research interests include: patterns in American crime control and punishment; gender inequality; attempts to regulate and normalize women; intersections of race, class, and gender; the construction and treatment of addiction; the welfare state; the governance of health. This work has appeared in the journals Gender & Society and Signs. She presents regularly at the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology and the American Sociological Association. Allison McKim, Ph.D. is sociology advisor to Incorrigibles with specialization in gender; punishment and social control; and ethnographic research methods.

Beth Richie is Professor of African American Studies & Criminology, Law and Justice at University of Illinois at Chicago. The emphasis of Dr. Richie’s scholarly work has been on the ways that race/ethnicity and social position affect women’s experience of violence and incarceration, focusing on the experiences of African American battered women and sexual assault survivors. Dr. Richie is the author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation (NYU Press, 2012) which chronicles the evolution of the contemporary anti-violence movement during the time of mass incarceration in the United States and numerous articles concerning Black feminism and gender violence, race and criminal justice policy. Her earlier book Compelled to Crime: the Gender Entrapment of Black Battered Women, is taught in many college courses and often cited in the popular press for its original arguments concerning race, gender and crime. Dr. Richie is a qualitative researcher who is also working on an ethnographic project documenting the conditions of confinement in women’s prisons. Her work has been supported by grants from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and The National Institute for Justice and The National Institute of Corrections.  Beth Richie is an African American Studies & criminology, law and justice advisor for Incorrigibles.

Danielle Riou is the Associate Director of the Human Rights Project, where she co-curates the Human Rights Project’s public programs, organizes special projects and partnerships, and oversees the student internship program. She is co-creator of the Milosevic Trial Public Archive, the complete on-demand video archive of former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic in the Hague, Netherlands. She has presented at conferences and panels on new media, the archive and memory. Danielle Riou is the new media, the archive and memory advisor to Incorrigibles and liaison to Bard College students and faculty.

Judith Ryder, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at St. John’s University. Ryder specializes in gender and family violence, has a broad background in criminology with a concentration in violence and trauma among adolescents considered within psychosocial and feminist theoretical frameworks. She is the author of Girls and Violence, Tracing the Roots of Criminal Behavior (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013), in which she constructs a theoretical model of the dynamics underlying girls’ antisocial behaviors. Her research has been published in numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journals including Crime and Delinquency, Critical Criminology, Feminist Criminology, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, and Women and Criminal Justice. A member of the editorial board of Contemporary Justice Review since 2008, Dr. Ryder also served as Editor-in-Chief of Criminal Justice Abstracts (2000-2010).

Grounded in community engagement, Dr. Ryder’s scholarship has contributed to student participation in community-based projects, including the development of surveys for a teen drop-in center and providing tutoring for recently released offenders. She also has coordinated the annual campus Clothesline Project to raise awareness of violence against women and girls. Judith Ryder, Ph.D. is sociology and anthropology advisor to Incorrigibles with a focus on gender and family violence.

Francine Sherman is Incorrigibles advisor in the history and current state of juvenile justice and detention reform. She founded and directs the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Program (JRAP) at Boston College Law School, where she has been teaching Juvenile Justice and Children’s Rights and Public Policy for over twenty years. She regularly consults with foundations, federal, state, and country governments, and judges on issues related to girls and the justice system. Sherman has testified before Congress, served on a U.S. Department of Justice National Advisory Committee, and advises the OJJDP National Girls Initiative. As her report “Gender Injustice: System-level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls” plays a large part in our analysis of the recent history of girls juvenile justice and contemporary obstacles the system faces today, having her as an advisor on such topics will be extremely beneficial to Incorrigibles.

Laurie Leitch, Ph.D., has been a clinical trainer, researcher and organizational consultant for over 25 years. She is the Director and Co-founder of Threshold GlobalWorks (TGW), an organization dedicated to cultivating the social dimension of resilience within communities, enterprises and systems, founded in 2011. She previously co-founded Trauma Resource Institute (TRI) in 2005, leaving in 2011 to launch Threshold GlobalWorks in New York City. She has co-developed models of intervention that provide practical self-regulation skills and training in neuroscience-based approaches that amplify resilience, foster collaboration across diversity, and enhance organizational “fitness.” She is currently developing eHealth and gaming applications  which can be tailored to communities as well as enterprises, promoting the spread of self-regulation and resilience in hard-to-reach and under-resourced areas. Laura Leitch’s work has been reported in a variety of US and international newspapers; she has numerous radio and podcast interviews; and she appears in the documentary film “Justice Denied,” a film on male military sexual abuse that was nominated for several awards.

Oral History, Audio & Podcast Advisors:

Sady Sullivan an independent oral historian and was Director of Oral History at Brooklyn Historical Society; Curator for the Columbia University Center for Oral History Archives. Sullivan has worked as a radio producer and journalist and has led many oral history projects. She is particularly interested in “shared authority” and other oral history ethical praxis. With extensive experience in public history and humanities she brings an intersectional feminist lens to her work. Sullivan was co-director of Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations, at the Brooklyn Historical Society (2011- 2015). Her work is influenced by the Buddhist practice of deep listening, and formative experiences at three feminist institutions: The Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies and Wellesley Centers for Women. Sady has radio experience, both pre- and post- podcast era. She received a Master’s in Cultural Reporting & Criticism from NYU and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Wellesley College. Sady Sullivan is oral history and podcast advisor to Incorrigibles with a focus on women’s issues and oral history ethical praxis.

Digital Humanities Advisors:

Nancy Hechinger is on the full-time faculty at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program. She has a diverse background in technology and education — including multimedia and film production, the development of interactive museum exhibits, and publishing– and in the strategic uses of information and telecommunication technologies, focusing particularly on how technology might make science more accessible, and also promoting the teaching and learning of essential twenty-first-century skills. She was the founding Director of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York;a founding partner and the Director of Technology for the Edison Project; on the Senior Design Team of Apple’s Multimedia Lab (1988-1990); and had her own interactive media production company, Hands-on Media. She received her B.A. in 1969 from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MFA in Writing (Poetry) in 2009. Nancy Hechinger is the narrative and digital humanities advisor for Incorrigibles.

Tom Scheinfeldt is Associate Professor in the Departments of Digital Media & Design and History and Director of Digital Humanities in the Digital Media Center at the University of Connecticut. Formerly Managing Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Scheinfeldt has directed several award-winning digital humanities projects, including THATCamp, Omeka, and the September 11 Digital Archive of which was part. Trained as an historian of science and public historian with a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford, Scheinfeldt has written and lectured extensively about the history of museums and the role of history in culture. Among his publications, Scheinfeldt is a recent contributor to Debates in Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press) and co-editor of Hacking the Academy (University of Michigan Press). Scheinfeldt was the digital humanities advisor for the States of Incarceration project and is the history and digital humanities advisor for Incorrigibles.