Our Team

Founder & Executive Director

Hilary Binda

Hilary Binda is the Founder and Executive Director of the Tufts University Prison Initiative (TUPIT) and its MyTERN College and Reentry program at Tufts. With a PhD in English Literature and as a member of the Civic Studies Department at Tufts University, she teaches Literature and theory, Gender Studies, and Carceral Studies at Tufts and in the degree program that runs in 3 facilities, at MCI-Concord, Souza Baranowski Correctional Center, and Northeastern Correctional Center. Hilary directs the MyTERN reentry program on the Tufts University campus, teaching people returning from prison alongside some undergraduate students from Tufts University in courses titled The Literatures of Justice and Storytelling for Social Change. Binda is a co-producer of theMyTERN Conversations podcast and a founder and co-editor of the national journal ReSentencing, that includes art and writing by people directly impacted by the legal system across the country. Her program directorships, teaching, as well as her current research, aims to support the development of educational access, racial and economic equity, decarceration, and decriminalization.

Academic Director & Program Administrator

Quinn Williamson

Quinn Williamson completed their MA in Philosophy from Tufts University with a focus on race, morality, and social and political thought and completed their BA at Howard University in Philosophy and Political Science. As an advocate for education and racial justice, Williamson founded the Urban Youth Alliance in 2014, where high school students from Jersey City, NJ worked as mentors and tutors with black and brown middle school students. Later on the organization expanded to include college coaching for black and brown students in the DC metropolitan area. As a member of the TUPIT team, Williamson supports the success of the programming inside prison through curriculum planning, faculty and TA coordination, and academic advising, as well as the support of the MyTERN reentry students adjusting to life out of prison. Williamson co-teaches in both the inside and outside reentry programs. 

Faculty Research Director

Jill Weinberg

Faculty Admissions Coordinator

Heather Curtis

ReSentencing Co-Editor

John Lurz

Faculty Advisory Committee

  • Hilary Binda
  • Heather Nathans
  • Heather Curtis
  • Kim Ruane
  • Jill Weinberg
  • John Lurz
  • Erin Kelly
  • Stephen Gabriel Barber
  • Kirby Johnson
  • Chantal Zakari
  • Susan Ernst
  • Kimberly Dong
  • Bridget Conley
  • Daanika Gordon
  • Dana Grossman-Leeman
  • Joanna Gray
  • Stephan Pennington
  • Gregory Crane
  • Jennifer Eyl
  • Susan Russinoff
  • Maria-Concepcion Lagunas Davis
  • Amy Millay
  • Katherine Swimm

TUPIT Faculty and Courses

School of Arts and Sciences
Tisch College of Civic Life
School of Engineering
Tufts University School of Medicine
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
The Fletcher School
Cohort One Fellows:
  • Shakir Abdullah
  • Rahim Gray
  • Joseph Irizarry
  • Devon McNeil
Cohort Two Fellows:
  • Steven Johnson
  • Bobby Iacoviello
  • Aaron Smith
  • Hector Bannister
  • Marie Lafontant
  • Eugene Ivey
Cohort Three Fellows:
  • Nurudeen Alabi
  • Rahmel Askari
  • Christina Bernbaum
  • Willie Cabrera
  • David Delvalle
  • Dararong Jimmy Heang
  • Jeff Raphael

Undergraduate/Graduate Medford Student Coordinators

2024-2025
  • Isabel Garzon
  • Toluwani Oso
2023-2024
  • Lizzie Friedman
  • Isabel Garzon
  • Arlyss Herzig
  • Toluwani Oso
  • Helena Colbert
2022-2023
  • Lizzie Friedman
  • Emile Naccasha 
  • Meira Downie 
  • BR rose
2021-2022
  • Claudia Guetta
  • Thomas Levy
  • Celia Strumph
2020-2021
  • Claudia Guetta
  • Thomas Levy
  • Celia Strumph