Freedom Reads Social Impact Fellowship

Fellowship Description

As a Freedom Reads Social Impact Fellow, you will work collaboratively with members of our team on projects that help shape the national conversation around the public humanities and mass incarceration in America.

The goals of the fellow are:

  • To develop a broad knowledge of Freedom Reads’ work through exposure to and active participation in defined projects as well as discussions beyond the scope of the fellow’s specific project;
  • To collaborate with our team to produce specific deliverables;
  • To participate in a unique learning experience; and
  • To present work accomplished during the fellowship to showcase skills learned.

Fellows will support one or more projects. Fellowship project components and deliverables will be defined in collaboration with selected candidates. Potential tasks may include:

  • Contributing to the development of new and ongoing projects (e.g., scoping, background research, program design);
  • Participating in data collection (e.g., literature reviews, market research, qualitative and descriptive data analysis, etc. );
  • Contributing to the publication of stories or media (e.g., image research, story ideation, editing, production in Wordpress);
  • Helping to promote new and existing stories (e.g., developing content for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.); and/or
  • Developing reports, memos, slide decks, blog posts, and/or other outputs.

Your Host


Freedom Reads logo

Freedom Reads envisions a society in which the basic dignity and humanity of people in prison is acknowledged and nurtured by the intentional introduction of hopeful, enriching, and transformative experiences throughout a person’s term of incarceration. Freedom Reads’ mission is to inspire and confront what prison does to the spirit. We bring beautiful, handcrafted bookcases into prisons, transforming prison cell blocks into Freedom Libraries, prison housing units into communities.

Our flagship initiatives are Freedom Libraries, Freedom Ambassadors, and Freedom Stories. The Freedom Library is a collection of 500 carefully curated books that we bring to readers on the inside across the country. Freedom Ambassadors deliver live and virtual cultural events from authors, poets, playwrights, actors, artists, policymakers, and other major cultural and political figures to incarcerated audiences. Freedom Stories drive awareness and policy change by shifting long-entrenched narratives about the lives of incarcerated people.

SIF Mentor

Colette Johnson *18, ENG
Chief Program Officer and Director of Operations, Freedom Reads
Clio Hall Award Recipient

"The programming that GradFUTURES offers is needed by graduate students, who are recognizing the broad value of their training, and want to find careers that allow them to engaged with values and career paths within and beyond the academy."

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Current & Past Fellows and Mentors

Jonathan Aguirre *22, SPO
Vice President, User Experience Research Lead, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Participant, American Higher Ed & Ethics of AI Learning Cohorts & Professional Development Working Group Member
Clio Hall Award Recipient
Karina Alexanyan
Director of Strategy, All Tech is Human
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor
Genevieve Allotey-Pappoe, GS, MUS
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow
Scott Alpizar
Director of Venture Commercialization, Foundation Venture Capital Group
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor
Megan Armknecht, GS, HIS
Summer Intern, Bureau of Bureau of Public Affairs/ Office of the Historian in Washington D.C
Pierre Azou, GS, FIT
Social Impact Fellow
Yuzhou Bai *23, EAS
Professional Development Associate 2019-21
Social Impact Fellow
Clio Hall Award Recipient
Rebecca Bengoechea
Senior International Rights Manager, Princeton University Press
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor
Debbie Bisno
Director of University and Artistic Partnerships, McCarter Theatre
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor
Anna Blue, GS, SPIA
Social Impact Fellow