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Julia Bowling

PhD Student

Research Areas

Incarceration and Reentry


Bowling, J., Nagarajan, P., Parsons, K., & Palmer, N. (Forthcoming). The unrealized promise of college-in-prison: Financial hurdles to reenrollment and completion in the era of Pell reinstatement. Journal of Student Financial Aid.

Montagnet, C., Bowling, J., Azari, A., & Berryessa, C. (2023). “Worst experience in my life”: Conditions of confinement in incarcerated settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Criminal Justice Review.

Bowling, J., Azari, A. & Berryessa, C. (2021). Reentry challenges during a pandemic: An examination of NJ S2519 from the perspectives of community organizers. Federal Probation.


Julia Bowling is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. Julia’s research interests are focused on the areas of incarceration and reentry, including prison programming, conditions of confinement, release preparation, and reentry experiences. Currently her research focuses on prison labor in contemporary American prisons, including the structure and function of state-run prison industries. She has co-authored several technical and policy reports on a range of criminal justice topics as a research associate at the CUNY Institue for State and Local Governance and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Julia holds an M.S. in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from The New School, and a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College.