Erin L Castro portrait
  • Co-Director/Founder, University of Utah Prison Education Project
  • Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership&Policy
  • Associate Professor, Educational Leadership&Policy

Research Summary

Dr. Castro is an Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Utah, and Co-Director/Founder of the University of Utah Prison Education Project. She directs the Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison, an evidence-based approach to expand the field of quality higher education in prison. Her current research traces nationwide postsecondary education in prisons throughout the U.S. and analyzes prison-university partnerships.


  • Ph.D., Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Project: "First I'd Put Some Windows In This School": A Critical Race Ethnography of the Illinois College and Career Readiness Pilot Program.
  • Graduate Minor, Gender Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S.Ed., Higher Education, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • B.S., Business Administration, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale