Like many students with eclectic interests, Jarrod enjoys the interdisciplinary structure of the City, Culture, Community program. Originally from Huntington, Indiana, he is a fitness, motorcycle, and woodworking enthusiast, as well as a devoted advocate for the rights of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals.
During his undergraduate work in English, Jarrod was trained in creative non-fiction and drawn to the corpus of prison literature. In Psychology, he studied the research-practitioner model, intending to become a therapist, and created a research design of sexuality and sexual identity using contemporary modifications of the Kinsey Scale.
His MA was an interdisciplinary program in humanities that offered coursework in art, philosophy, and literature. In his thesis he combined his love for psychology and literature, writing a Jungian archetypal critique on Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf.
During his MS, Jarrod pursued his desire to become a therapist. He served a practicum as a counselor-in-training, researched the social justice model of counseling, and volunteered with the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). In his work with the formerly incarcerated, he realized helping the individual is not enough. Instead, systemic change was needed.
Carceral Studies, Post-Secondary Prison Education, Stigma & Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records