Erin L Castro portrait
  • Co-Director/Founder, University of Utah Prison Education Project
  • Associate Dean, Access and Community Engagement, Undergraduate Studies
  • 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-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 the use of criminal history in college admissions.


  • 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