About the Prison Education Project
The Prison Education Project at Washington University in St. Louis provides a high quality liberal arts education to people incarcerated in Missouri and to prison staff.
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.
WashU 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.
Research has shown that college is the most effective and inexpensive way to help people escape the cycles of crime and imprisonment.
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
Courses and Credits
Our 25 continuing students and 13 new admits are working towards Associate in Arts degrees. Read More