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Monica Basile, PhD, is a reproductive justice scholar and advocate. She studies the politics of childbirth and serves the Iowa City community as a midwife, doula, and educator.
Elena Carter is an MFA candidate in Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. She writes about wrongful convictions and American prisons. She recently published a profile of two former Black Panthers serving life sentences in Buzzfeed News. Her MFA thesis is an expansion of that project.
Janette Y. Taylor, PhD, RN, FAAN is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. Dr. Taylor’s research has focused on race/ethnicity as variables in nursing research, African American women’s experiences of domestic violence, the health of women prisoners, reconnecting incarcerated women with their children, and using narrative art therapy with incarcerated abused women. Her contributions have been recognized by an Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award. Dr. Taylor served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Ethical Considerations for Revisions to DHHS Regulations for Protection of Prisoners Involved in Research. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Taylor completed her PhD at the University of Washington-Seattle and holds a certificate in Women’s Studies.
Rachel Williams is an Associate Professor and Chair of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. She has been working in correctional institutions since 1995 as a researcher, teacher, advocate, and volunteer. Her recent scholarship is focused on maternal well-being, education, female sex offenders, the arts, and the relational interactions of people who are incarcerated. The Iowa Governor’s office, The Iowa Women’s Foundation, and The Iowa Correctional Association have honored her with various awards for her work in the Iowa Juvenile Home and the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women.
Brittany Borghi is an essayist and journalist in the Nonfiction Writing Program. She writes about class, death, and department stores, among other things.