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Academic Positions

2020 – present                Associate Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University, Pueblo* (*early tenure and promotion conferred)

2015 – 2020                     Assistant Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University, Pueblo


Education

Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2015

Dissertation Title: “Helping Women Help Themselves”: An Ethnography of Carceral Empowerment and the Neoliberal Rehabilitative Ideal at a Recovery Center for Criminalized Women

B.A., Social Sciences and International Studies, Clark University, 2008


Areas of Specialization and Teaching Interests

  • Critical Criminologies
  • Critical Prison Studies
  • Racial and Transformative Justice
  • Qualitative Research/Ethnography
  • Reentry and Just Transitions
  • Punishment and Culture
  • Incarceration and Health Disparities

Refereed Publications

Hackett, Colleen and Benjamin Turk.* 2021. “’Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win’: U.S. Prisoners Collectively Resisting Against Systems of Death.” Routledge International Handbook on Penal Abolitionism, edited by Michael J. Coyle and David Scott. [*equal coauthorship]

Hackett, Colleen and Ben Turk.* 2018. “Shifting Carceral Landscapes: Decarceration and the Reconfiguration of White Supremacy.” Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics. [*equal coauthorship]

Hackett, Colleen and Ben Turk*. 2018. “‘Freedom First’: Pursuing Abolition through Supporting Prisoner Resistance. Contemporary Anarchist Criminology: Against Authoritarianism and Punishment, edited by Anthony J. Nocella II, Mark Seis, and Jeffrey Shantz. New York: Peter Lang Publishing. [*equal coauthorship]

Whalley, Elizabeth and Colleen Hackett*. 2017“Carceral Feminisms: The Abolitionist Project and Undoing Dominating Feminisms.” Contemporary Justice Review. [*equal coauthorship]

Perry, Tara and Colleen Hackett*. 2016. “Justice in Gender-Responsiveness?” Journal of Prisoners on Prisons 25(1): 19-38. [*equal coauthorship]

Hackett, Colleen. 2015. “Justice through Defiance.” Contemporary Justice Review. 18(1): 68-75.

Hackett, Colleen. 2013. “Transformative Visions: Governing through Alternative Practices and Therapeutic Interventions at a Women’s Reentry Center.” Feminist Criminology. 8(3): 221-242.

  • 2013 Honorable Mention, Division on Crime and Juvenile Delinquency, Society for the Study of Social Problems

Other Publications

Hackett, Colleen. 2016. “Abolishing the ‘Psy’-ence Fictions: The Relationship between the Psychological Sciences and the Prison System.” Perspectives on Anarchist Theory 29: 53-64.

Refereed Book Reviews

Hackett, Colleen. 2013. “Territories in Resistance: A Cartography of Latin American Social Movements” by Raul Zibechi and translated by Ramor Ryan. Interface: A Journal For and About Social Movements. 5(1): 367-70.


(Selected) Refereed Conference Presentations

2019. Hackett, Colleen. “’Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win’: U.S. Prisoners Collectively Resisting against Systems of Death.” Presented at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.

2018. Hackett, Colleen. “The Fire Inside: Prison Rebels and Incarcerated Intellectualism.” Presented at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) annual meeting, Atlanta, GA.

2018. Hackett, Colleen and Elliotte Krier. “Collective Movements and Prison Rebellions: Uplifting Femme and Trans Prisoner Resistance.” Presented at the International Conference on Penal Abolition annual meeting, London, UK.

2016. Hackett, Colleen and Ben Turk. “The Carceral Afterlife of Slavery.” Presented at American Society of Criminology (ASC) annual meeting, New Orleans, LA.

2016. Hackett, Colleen. “Resolving the Tensions between Popular Education and the Psychologization of Oppression at a Women’s Prison.” Presented at the International Conference on Penal Abolition annual meeting, Quito, Ecuador.

2015. Hackett, Colleen. “Carceral Therapeutics and the Shadow State: Troubling the Role of Psychiatry in Alternatives to Incarceration.” Presented at the Penal Abolition session at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) annual meeting, Washington, DC.

2014. Hackett, Colleen. “Teaching Abolition: Imagining a World Without Prisons as a Means of Resisting the Carceral State.” Presented at the Teaching about Prison Abolition session at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) annual meeting, San Francisco, CA. 2014.

2013. Hackett, Colleen. “The Use of Focus Groups Among Criminalized Women.” Presented at the Rethinking Distinctions between Crime, Delinquency, and Deviance session at the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) annual meeting, New York City, NY.

(Selected) Non-Refereed Conference Presentations

2014. Hackett, Colleen and Ben Turk. “Mass Incarceration, Carceral Systems, and Transformative Justice: Public Pedagogy through Theatre.” Presented at the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference annual meeting, Omaha, NE.

2014. Hackett, Colleen. “Popular Education in Prison: Alternative Empowerment Models in Practice.” Presented at the International Conference on Penal Abolition annual meeting, Ottawa, Canada.

2014. Hackett, Colleen and Ben Turk. “An End to the War on Drugs?: Shifting Carceral Landscapes and Practical Strategies in a ‘Smart on Crime’ Era.” The International Conference on Penal Abolition annual meeting, Ottawa, Canada.


(Selected) Honors, Awards, and Grants

2022                    Aztlán Center Course Development Grant: A Sociology Pueblo ($2,000)

2021                     Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment research funding ($24,000)

2021                     College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences Outstanding Faculty award, CSU-P

2019                     Library CoSponsorship Award, CSU-Pueblo Library event funding, CSU-P ($500)

2017                     Inside-Out Prisoner Exchange Program training funding, CSU-P ($3,100)

2016                     Library CoSponsorship Award, CSU-Pueblo Library event funding, CSU-P ($200)

2016                     Summer Undergraduate Research Project grant, CSU-P ($1500 total for 2 students)

2015                     Library CoSponsorship Award, CSU-Pueblo Library event funding, CSU-P ($500)

2014                     Ralph and Barbara Dakin Award, Department of Sociology, CU Boulder ($1,000)


Courses Taught

Colorado State University Pueblo Penology // Crime, Drugs, and Social Policy  // Social and Cultural Theory // Social Perspectives on Addiction // Race, Crime, and Justice // Sociology of Pueblo: A People’s History

University of Colorado Boulder Drugs in U.S. Society* Juvenile Delinquency* U.S. Race and Ethnic Relations* Crime & Society Deviance in U.S. Society (*instructor of record)


Professional Development

2022   Aztlán Center Summer Institute: Southwest History: Preserving Chicanx, Latinx and Indigenous People’s Stories 

2022   InSights & InPerson: How-To Research with History Colorado

2020   Creating and Teaching an Online/Hybrid Course, CSU-P (stipend $200)

2019   Education in Prisons conference, Colorado College (honorarium)

2019   Spanish Workshop for Educators, CSU-P

2017   Inside-Out Prisoner Exchange Program training, Temple University

2014   Metro Area Engaged Faculty Institute: Introduction to Service Learning ($500)

2014   Colorado Preparing Future Faculty Network 

2013   Knapsack Institute, Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion


Professional Organizations

American Sociological Association 

–Section of Crime, Law, and Deviance

American Society of Criminology

–Division on Critical Criminology

–Division on Women and Crime

Society for the Study of Social Problems   

–Division on Crime and Juvenile Delinquency

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