ABOUT

Kaia Stern is the cofounder and director of the Prison Studies Project at Harvard University, the first Practitioner in Residence at the Radcliffe Institute, and a Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she leads the Transformative Justice Initiative.

Her work focuses on ethics, justice, and education in prison. Kaia is the author of Voices from American Prisons: Faith, Education, and Healing (Routledge, 2014).

As a consultant, she has fostered partnerships between activists and law enforcement agencies, faith leaders and community-based organizations, victims’ rights advocates, and the US Department of Justice. In 2016, she was invited to the White House to participate in a roundtable discussion on criminal justice reform.

Kaia received her master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and her PhD from Emory University. She is ordained as an interfaith minister and has been teaching in and about U.S. prisons for 25 years.

Recipient of the 2014 Bill Webber Award for Community Service


Award given each year to an individual who reaches out with compassionate care to those members of society who have been disenfranchised.