Katie Hail-Jares is a PhD student in Justice, Law, and Criminology at American University. Her research interests include American parole boards, incarcerated communities, wrongful convictions, and sex work. Her dissertation is a mixed method examination of how incarcerated men prepare for parole and release from prison. At American University, Katie teaches the undergraduate course, Introduction to Justice Research.
Prior to entering the doctoral program, Katie spent seven years working in Iowa prisons, including co-founding the Grinnell College Liberal Arts in Prison Program. Upon graduation from Grinnell College, Katie cofounded the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Skylark Project which provided commutation assistance and social and legal assistance to incarcerated survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Between 2010 and 2012, Katie served as a graduate assistant to the National Institute of Justice funded Preventing Wrongful Convictions Project, and co-authored articles on the causes of wrongful convictions that were published in the Iowa Law Review, Judicature, and Wrongful Convictions and Criminal Justice Reform: Making Justice (eds. Zalman and Carrano).
Katie is the principal investigator on Changing Neighbors, Changing Dangers, a joint community-based project with HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive) on sex work and gentrification in Washington, DC, by engaging sex workers, their neighbors, and community organizations in dialogue. Besides serving as a team leader with HIPS, Katie also is a national board member of the Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP). Her research on sex work includes an edited volume with Drs. Corey Shdaimah (University of Maryland) and Chrysanthi Leon (University of Delaware) on street-based prostitution (currently under review).
B.A. Biology and Religious Studies, Grinnell College