Professor Baz Dreisinger
Academic Director, Prison-to-College Pipeline
Dr. Dreisinger is an associate professor at John Jay College and serves as the academic director for the Prison-to-College Pipeline Professor Dreisinger earned her Ph.D. in English from Columbia University, where she specialized in American and African-American studies. Her bookNear Black: White to Black Passing in American Culture (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008) was featured in the New York Times Book Review and on National Public Radio. Professor Dreisinger also moonlights as a journalist and critic, writing about Caribbean culture, race-related issues, music and pop culture for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice and Wall Street Journal, among other outlets; she regularly writes and produces on-air segments for National Public Radio. Together with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Peter Spirer, Professor Dreisinger produced and wrote the documentaries Black & Blue: Legends of the Hip-Hop Cop, which investigates the New York Police Department’s monitoring of the hip-hop industry, and Rhyme & Punishment, about hip-hop and the prison industrial complex. Professor Dreisinger is currently working on a book about mass incarceration in a global context.
Professor Ma’at Lewis
Practicum & Youth Justice Co-Facilitator, PFI Community Fellows
Dr. Lewis is an associate professor with John Jay College’s Department of Counseling and serves as the deputy chair. Formerly, the inaugural full-time director of the Counseling Services Center at John Jay, Dr. Lewis oversaw development of the Center and initiated the process to become the second City University of New York College to receive accreditation from the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). Prior to the directorship Dr. Lewis taught counseling courses and was a lead faculty member in creation of the minors in counseling and human services. She is currently conducting research on urban commuter student wellness and has published on the topics of racism-related stress and spiritual/religious issues in counseling.
Dr. Martin is a professor in John Jay’s Department of Public Management. She studied Psychology at Stanford University and worked in a variety of non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area before attending University of California, Berkeley where she earned an MPP, an MA in Political Science, and a PhD in Public Policy. She was a post-doctoral scholar in the Psychology Department at UCLA where she was also a Fellow with the Consortium for Policing Equity. She has been a Fellow at the Center for Research on Social Change at UC Berkeley, a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow, and a National Science Foundation-funded Fellow in the Integrated Graduate Education Research and Training (IGERT) Program in Politics, Economics, Psychology, and Public Policy. Dr. Martin was a RAND Summer Associate in 2009.