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