Jill Harrison, PhD, is an associate professor of sociology, Rhode Island College, and the director of the Justice Studies Program, which offers BA and MA programs to over 400 students. She has worked within the Rhode Island prison system since 2006 and is a court-appointed special advocate for children in state care. She has excellent working relationships with a variety of state agencies, including the correctional staff and administration, and has served as a consultant, instructor, and researcher with the RI Department of Corrections. In addition, she has provided training in cross-cultural communication for medical and social work staff who work with special populations throughout New England. Her current research is focused on the relationship between childhood trauma, drug use, and adult incarceration.
Daniel Weisman, MSW, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Social Work, Rhode Island College, and former chair, Bachelor of Social Work Department. He directed Rhode Island College’s Applied Research and Training Project, and evaluated programs for several Rhode Island state departments, as well as private nonprofit agencies in numerous states. He was a certified site visitor for the Council on Social Work Education. He has coauthored three other books, including Professional Writing for Social Work Practice (2013); written chapters in several anthologies; and published articles in social work and labor studies journals.
Joseph Zornado, PhD, is a professor of English at Rhode Island College. He has written numerous articles and books on literature, culture, and film, as well as on the teaching of writing. His first scholarly monograph, Inventing the Child: Culture, Ideology, and the Story of Childhood, appeared in 2001 (Routledge). He recently completed a speculative trilogy, 2050: A Future History in three volumes (Merry Blacksmith Press, 2015). He has coauthored Professional Writing for Social Work Practice (Springer, 2013), and is currently completing a scholarly monograph, Disney and the Dialectic of Desire: Fantasy as Social Practice (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016). He teaches American literature, children’s literature, literary theory, literature and film, and speculative fiction, among other courses.