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Prison Education Program
Cornell University
300 Kennedy Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853


Our People

Executive Director
Robert Scott is Executive Director of the Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP), and Adjunct Professor in the School of Integrative Plant Sciences, Horticulture Division, at Cornell University. Under Scott’s leadership CPEP has grown to operate in four prisons, serve over 200 incarcerated students annually, and contribute to the formation of state and national coalitions for higher education in prisons.

Faculty Director
Bruce Levitt is a Professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. Levitt is a facilitator for the Phoenix Players Theatre Group, an organization founded by incarcerated men at Auburn Maximum Security Prison. He has been with the group seven years. Dr. Levitt is a former chair of the New York State Council on the Arts Theatre Panel and was elected to membership in The National Theatre Conference in 2009. This past August, Levitt was the inaugural recipient of Cornell’s Engaged Scholar Prize He holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Michigan.

Program Staff
Kyri Murdough, Program Coordinator – Auburn Correctional Facility
Nicole Peppin, Program Coordinator – Cayuga Correctional Facility
Jessica Brewer, Program Coordinator – Five Points Correctional Facility
Cathi Root, Administrative Assistant

Advisory Board
Judith Appleton, Vice-Provost, ex officio
Bridget Brew, PhD candidate, Sociology
Alex Chertok, Ithaca College Visiting Faculty, English
John Crutchfield, former CPEP student from Auburn CF
Sandra Greene, Professor, History
Anna Haskins, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Willie Marshall ’14
Ken McClane, W.E.B. DuBois Professor of Literature Emeritus
Jamila Michener, Assistant Professor, Government
Raymond Roe, CPEP alumnus
Deborah Streeter, Bruce F. Failing, Sr., Professor of Personal Enterprise, Dyson School
Alison Van Dyke, Senior Lecturer, Performing and Media Arts
Rachel Aleks, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Labor Relations
Mary Katzenstein, Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor of American Studies and Government, Emerita
Bruce Levitt, Professor, Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance
Tom Owens, Associate Professor, Plant Biology
Bob Turgeon, Professor, Plant Biology
Jan Zeserson, Courtesy Lecturer, East Asia Program