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Renford Reese, Ph.D.

Renford Reese has two decades of experience creating and managing academic programs for people in prison and the formerly incarcerated. He is the director/founder of the Prison Education Project, which has expanded educational opportunities for the in-custody population in 45 California correctional facilities and three international correctional facilities. He is the director/founder of the Reintegration Academy, which  provides life skills, career development and vocational education modules for people recently released from prison. He is also one of the co-founding executive directors of the California State University Project Rebound Consortium. Reese is the author of 11 books and the producer of 8 documentaries that examine race and the U.S. criminal justice system with a focus on African American men. He has also written about professional sports and Black student-athletes in a variety of publications.

Recent Grants and Fellowships:

  • Haynes Foundation Faculty Fellow, Pitzer College, 2014
  • Fulbright Scholar, University of Hong Kong, 2009

Selected Publications:




Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1996

M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1990

B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1989



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