ABOUT

Kaia Stern is an educator, speaker, and consultant with 22 years of experience working across multiple domains. Drawing on a background in ethics, dialogue, and community building, she helps people value each other and work together. Her capacity to innovate and collaborate with diverse stakeholders forges unlikely alliances that change people’s lives.

In 2008, Kaia cofounded the Prison Studies Project at Harvard University. Her recent book, Voices from American Prisons: Faith, Education and Healing (Routledge, 2014), and her longstanding professional work have helped transform both culture and policy around justice and education.

She has advised the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, the Open Society Institute (a George Soros Foundation), and the US Department of Justice. This past spring she was invited to participate in a White House roundtable on criminal justice reform.

Ordained as an interfaith minister, Kaia holds a master’s of theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate in religion from Emory University. She is currently Visiting Faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

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.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

To learn more about Kaia, explore some of her
recently published writings below.

 

Why Prison Education Is Not Enough

Saint Louis University Public Law Review 33, no. 2
(2014)

Shackles and Sunlight

Special series, “Transformation of/in Prisons,” Fellowship 77, nos. 1–3
(Spring 2011)