Appointed as Content Strategist, Innocence Project


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Position Description

The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent people through post-conviction DNA testing and to develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system. The Innocence Project uses its unique science- and research-based expertise and the experiences of the exonerated to expose systemic problems and unequal treatment of people based on race and socio-economic status. As part of a collaboration between the Innocence Project’s executive and communications departments, the Content Strategist investigates, vets, and develops sharable content for the organization’s advocacy work, website, and social media platforms. Starting with individual and organizational contacts as well as the Innocence Project’s ongoing communications, policy, and litigation efforts, the Content Strategist develops personal narratives that shed light on the issues at the intersection of misdemeanor guilty pleas, indigent defense, and racial bias in the criminal justice system and how these issues contribute to wrongful convictions.