The Urban Inequality and Incarceration (UII) program at the Lang Center seeks to explore intersections of race, inequality, mass imprisonment, and policy and their connections to the carceral disparities present in our local and global communities. Its current work centers on incarceration and includes transformative Inside-Out Prison Exchange courses at the State Correctional Institution in neighboring Chester; research on the impact of incarceration on children who have an incarcerated parent; Social Justice Impact Legal Internships (sponsored by the Swarthmore Black Alumni Network, the Chester Youth Justice Project, and the law firm Keller, Lisgar, & Williams, LLP.); and other student based learning such as directed reading and thesis opportunities. Through these works of engaged scholarship, UII aims to foster opportunities for deep learning, grounded action, and social change. This initiative is directed by Professor of Political Science Keith Reeves ’88.
A 1988 graduate of Swarthmore who majored in political science with the concentration in Black Studies and public policy and who attended Exeter College at Oxford University, England, Reeves teaches courses across the arenas of American government, electoral politics, and public opinion; racial politics and voting rights policy; the urban underclass, poverty, and public policy; and behavioral research methods.