Tanya Erzen will write a book describing how and why the United States has become a faith-based prison nation, and what this means for criminal justice policy and practice.
Erzen’s first book, Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement (University of California, 2006), received numerous awards. She has written for the Boston Globe, the Nation, and Alternet, among other publications. Currently the Catherine Gould Chism Scholar at the University of Puget Sound, Erzen’s work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Erzen received a BA in American Civilization from Brown University, and a PhD in American Studies from New York University.