About PEP

The Prison Education Project at Washington University provides a high quality liberal arts education to people incarcerated in Missouri and to prison staff.


Academic Curriculum

We aim to demonstrate the productive impact of higher education on incarcerated people and American society, as well as the continuing relevance of the liberal arts.


Courses and Credits

Our 25 continuing students and 13 new admits are working towards Associate in Arts degrees.


Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration

Book Discussion with author Daniel Karpowitz, Nov. 15th, Anheuser-Busch Hall Rm. 203, 4-6 pm

News and Events


New Release & Blog Post: Organic Resistance: The Struggle over Industrial Farming in Postwar France (2018) by PEP faculty member Venus Bivar
Released Mar. 2018, University of North Carolina Press. See also blog post on The Racist Origins of Organic Farming via UNC Press.

New Release: Life After Rugby (2018) by PEP faculty member Eileen G’Sell
Released Jan. 2018, Gold Wake Press Collective 

Event: Poetry Reading with Treasure Shields Redmond and Eileen G’Sell
Redmond, 2014 PEP faculty member, will read from Chop: A Collection of Kwansabas for Fannie Lou Hamer (2015), and G’Sell will read from her brand new Life After Rugby (2018). February 20th, 6-7 pm, Missouri Eastern Correctional Center

The Source Interview with Jennifer M. Hudson
Written by Liam Otten
November 14th, 2017

Book Discussion on College in Prison with author Daniel Karpowitz and PEP Manager and political theorist Jennifer Hudson
November 15th, Anheuser-Busch Hall Rm. 403, 4-6 pm

"College in prison should be conceived less about how people in prison might change and more about how we, as a society increasingly defined by the scope and quality of our prisons, might change ourselves."

The Associate in Arts degree (A.A.) provides a framework for understanding the disciplines of a liberal arts degree and a foundation for further study at the bachelor's degree level.

Degree requirements

logoWash U PEP is a partner institution within the Consortium for Liberal Arts in Prison, based at Bard College in New York.  The Consortium helps advise, fund, and connect college prison programs throughout the nation.

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Research has shown that college is the most effective and inexpensive way to help people escape the cycles of crime and imprisonment.

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