Jill McCorkel is Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Villanova University. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Delaware. Professor McCorkel, a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has spent the last 25 years doing research inside men's and women's prisons across the United States (and, more recently, in Ireland and the United Kingdom). Dr. McCorkel's book, Breaking Women: Race, Gender, and the New Politics of Imprisonment (NYU Press, 2013), is the only ethnographic study of an American women's prison during the era of mass incarceration. In addition to her research, she teaches undergraduate courses in sociology at SCI-Phoenix, a maximum security prison for men in Pennsylvania. Dr. McCorkel serves on the advisory board of Villanova's undergraduate degree program at SCI Phoenix and the Taskforce for Women and Girls in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.