Research Assistants

Maria Bianculli

Maria is a senior from Arlington, VA, majoring in Government and minoring in Sociology.  She previously worked on various advocacy and social justice issues but became engaged with criminal justice reform after taking Marc Howard’s Prisons and Punishment class.  After participating in the PJI’s Prison Reform Project and forming relationships with the incarcerated students at Jessup Correctional Institution, Maria joined the PJI as a research assistant to continue the work she began at Jessup.  


Latazia Carter

Latazia Carter is a senior double majoring in Justice & Peace Studies and Government. Latazia was born in Harvey, IL and raised in Nashville,TN. She is currently the President of Georgetown's Black Student Alliance. Latazia joined the Prisons and Justice Initiative because of her commitment to criminal justice reform after witnessing the negative effects of the current system. She is especially passionate about eradicating the school to prison pipeline in minority and low income communities. Latazia focuses on event planning and the mentoring program for the Prisons and Justice Initiative. 



Caitlin Chamberlain

Caitlin is a graduate student in the McCourt School of Public Policy and a systems and data analyst in the Registrar's Office at Georgetown. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from La Salle University in Philadelphia and her studies at McCourt have centered around civil service and federal agency management. Caitlin is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where her family has a rich history in law enforcement. She previously worked for several years in a Philadelphia psychiatric research hospital and developed close relationships with individuals suffering from complex mental health disorders, often exacerbated by challenging experiences with law enforcement and the justice system. At PJI, Caitlin's work focuses on the intersection of criminal justice and mental health, specifically for formerly incarcerated individuals who are returning to the outside community.


Julia Cripps

Julia is a Senior in the College, double-majoring in Government and English. She is originally from London, England, and plans to return home upon graduation to pursue a law degree. Julia's interest in prison reform advocacy stems from her mother's work for the Independent Monitoring Board of Prisons in the the U.K.. Julia served as a tutor and programming director for Georgetown's Prison Outreach program, and was the fundraising intern for the Howard League for Penal Reform in London. She is incredibly excited to join the Prisons & Justice Initiative, where she will focus on the Initiative's social media presence.


Jeremy dang

Jeremy is a senior in Georgetown's college, majoring in Philosophy and Government. He hails from Houston, Texas, where his involvement in prison reform began at Texas Defender Service, a law firm defending inmates on death row where he worked as an intern for two summers.  As a student at Georgetown University, he was the co-founder of Georgetown's Prison Outreach's Creative Writing Program, and continues to teach in local prisons. He has also had the opportunity of working at various advocacy organizations in Washington, D.C., including The Sentencing Project and Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. On the Prisons and Justice Initiative, he works on Communications and Social Media, and is thrilled to join PJI as it continues to grow. 


Aliyah graves-brown

Aliyah is a senior majoring in Government and minoring in Sociology. She is from Harrisburg, PA, an inner city in which the issues of the criminal justice system are pervasive. She became more involved with these issues at Georgetown following her involvement with the Prison Reform Project, a course taught in a maximum security prison in Jessup, MD that included both Georgetown students and Jessup incarcerated citizens. Aliyah joined the Prisons and Justice Initiative to continue her commitment to prison reform. She focuses on event planning/programming and the formation of the Initiative's mentoring program for children with incarcerated parents. 


Kate hathaway

Before enrolling at Georgetown Law, Kate Hatheway lived in Montgomery, Alabama and worked as a paralegal for over three years at the Equal Justice Initiative. She assisted formerly incarcerated clients with reentry, provided support to clients currently in prison, and also participated in investigations of sexual and physical abuse at Alabama prisons. Kate previously worked for the Justice Policy Institute on a project to reduce the number of women incarcerated in Alabama. She graduated from Columbia University in 2010 with a degree in German Literature and Cultural History.

During law school, Kate has interned for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Orleans Public Defenders, Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, Southern Center for Human Rights, and Gideon's Promise. She is currently a student attorney in Georgetown’s Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, where she represents clients in their D.C. Superior Court cases and at parole revocation hearings. She also serves as a research assistant for Professor Allegra McLeod and for Georgetown's Prisons and Justice Initiative. After law school Kate plans to provide zealous representation to people charged or convicted of any and all crimes who cannot afford an attorney.


Mattie Haag

Mattie is a Junior in the College majoring in Government, with minors in English and French. Originally from Mentor, Ohio, her family currently lives in Dubai, UAE. Mattie's interest in prison reform advocacy stems from a longstanding interest in criminal law and her involvement in the CSJ's Ethics of Criminal Justice Alternative Spring Break Trip. She focuses on the Initiative's social media presence, including the Facebook page.



tim huether

Tim is in his fourth (and final!) year at the Georgetown University Law Center, having just transferred from the evening division to the full time division. He is currently enrolled in the Community Justice Project legal clinic, working on a proposal to grant offenders of D.C. Code greater access to clemency. A native St. Louisan, Tim has interned at the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia and the Office of the Missouri Attorney General. Tim joined the Prisons and Justice Initiative because he believes communities are being robbed of the gifts, talents, and passions of far too many who are languishing in prison. He is working with his fellow RA Kate Hathaway to build the footprint of the Initiative at the Law Center.  


Jules Kerbs

Jules is a senior in the College from Sacramento, California majoring in Government and French and minoring in Philosophy. Prior to joining PJI, Jules worked as a Research Assistant for the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. She  serves as co-president of Georgetown's Prison Outreach tutoring program and will write a senior thesis comparing American and French prison systems. Jules works on grant research, applications, and funding.



2015-2016 Research Assistants

Queen Adesuyi 

Queen is a senior American Studies major with a Women’s and Gender Studies minor.  She hails from the Bronx, NY.  Queen became engaged with issues of criminal justice at the age of 14, volunteering and then interning for the Youth Trial Advocacy Program via the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. She has also interned for Representative Jose E. Serrano, The New York Times Company, and She is currently writing her senior thesis on the complex racial justice arguments around marijuana legalization in the District. Queen focuses on event planning/programming and community outreach for the Prisons and Justice Initiative.



Quaila Hugh

Quaila is a senior majoring in Sociology and Justice & Peace Studies, with a minor in African American Studies. She is from New York, NY. Quaila has previously worked with the National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens, the ACLU National Prison Project, the Vera Institute of Justice, the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights, and the Bronx Defenders. Quaila joined the Prisons and Justice Initiative because of her longstanding commitment to reforming the criminal justice system. She reaches out to local organizations and orchestrates events to foster coalitions among prison reform advocates.



Matthew Kahn 

Matthew is a junior Government major from Newington, CT. Before becoming part of the Prisons and Justice Initiative, he worked for a U.S. Senator and taught competitive debate to homeschooled children and teenagers. He currently sits on the board of the American Parliamentary Debate Association. Matthew joined the Prisons and Justice Initiative because he believes that prisoners deserve advocates as well as the chance to advocate for themselves. He works on web design and will be directing the Georgetown-Jessup Debate Program at Jessup Correctional Facility in Maryland.


Kevin O'Sullivan

Kevin is a senior Government major and a Boston native.  He joins the Prisons and Justice Initiative with a passion for criminal justice bred by his courses and his previous work experiences at Morrison Mahoney, LLP, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, and the Office of the Honorable John Dennis Curran of Middlesex Superior Court. Kevin joined the Prisons and Justice Initiative because he believes that the current criminal justice system contributes too much to injustice and increased violence, rather than to justice and conflict reduction.  He focuses on event planning, content, and logistics to promote the conversations and awareness needed for true criminal justice and prison reform.



Liza Schalch

Liza is a second-year English Master’s candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  She grew up in Takoma Park, MD.  She graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in English and History in 2012 and taught at a high school for two years before coming to Georgetown. Liza's studies focus on narrative as a means of bridging the gap between prisoners and the outside world. In 2015 she founded a pilot program called Book Club Bridge that unites returned citizens with locals to build communal bonds and foster continued education. Liza  joined the Prisons and Justice Initiative because she believes that organizations can translate heightened awareness of mass incarceration into concerted, fruitful action. She focuses on building collaborative relationships among the Prisons and Justice Initiative and local D.C. organizations, including non-profits, charities, government agencies, think-tanks, and support groups.


Lucas Slevin

Lucas is a senior from Brooklyn, NY, majoring in Government and minoring in Philosophy. His interest in prison reform stems from his familial ties to the criminal justice system as well as his past work experiences with Federal Judge Denny Chin in New York City and Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP in Washington, D.C.  Lucas joins the Prisons and Justice Initiative because he believes the Initiative can foster the bipartisan dialogue necessary to spark meaningful change in our criminal justice system.  He is currently working on web design and social media for the Initiative.