Eastern Michigan University
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Devon Colberg

Graduate Assistant

Research Areas of Interest

Prisoner reentry, race and imprisonment, prisoners with disabilities, labeling theory


Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice


Bachelor of Arts, English, Minor in Art, Eastern Michigan University, 2011


During her time as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Saint Joseph County, Michigan, Devon Colberg learned of the development of the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative (now Michigan Prisoner Reentry).  This and other reentry efforts inspired her to return to academia in 2008.  She had previously attended Concordia College in Bronxville, New York, to pursue a B.A. in English, during which time she was also employed as a Writing Center tutor.  As an undergraduate at Eastern, Devon completed a 9-month internship with the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative, and continues to be involved in a volunteer capacity.  She has also been visiting and advocating for a blind prisoner for nearly three years.  Her current research focuses on labeling theory as it pertains to moral panics, as well as prisoners with disabilities. Recently, her book review of M. Cherif Bassiouni’s The Institutionalization of Torture by the Bush Administration: Is Anyone Responsible? was selected for publication in Critical Criminology: An International Journal.  Her two years as a Graduate Assistant with the Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology department will come to a close in April of 2013, and she is very thankful for the opportunities this has provided.