Alana gunn

Associate Professor; Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice


  •  BA Vassar College
  • MPP, AM, PhD in Social Work, U Chicago
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship at New York University

Alana J. Gunn has extensive experience working with incarcerated individuals in jails and under correctional community-based supervision, as well as with the agencies charged with supporting their reentry process. Her program of research focuses on the ways in which multi-level experiences of stigmatization shape the health and well-being of women with histories of incarceration and substance use disorders. She is currently engaged in a number of projects, including a research study examining the role of family systems in identity change processes for returning citizens post-incarceration as well as a study exploring the ethics-specific implications of interviewing women with histories of trauma.  She is also a Faculty Partner with the Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at John Jay’s School of Criminal Justice where she is examining data on the reentry experiences of men in PRI’s Prison to College Program who are engaged in the CUNY educational system post-incarceration.