Zelda Roland, Ph.D.

Zelda Roland
Prison Project Director

Communication, Film, and Media Studies Department
College of Arts and Sciences
About Zelda

Dr. S. Zelda Roland, Ph.D., serves as the Director of the University of New Haven’s Prison Education Program, overseeing the University's college-in-prison programming and partnership with the Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall, where she has served as Founding Director since 2016.

A Yale alumna (B.A. '08, Ph.D. '16), Dr. Roland conceived of and created YPEI after fist working with students enrolled in Wesleyan's Center for Prison Education at Cheshire Correctional Institution. She coordinates YPEI and UNH's educational partnerships with the Connecticut Department of Corrections and its facilities, relationships with other national and statewide prison education programs and criminal justice organizations, and a passionate and broad assembly of faculty, staff, and students on both campuses who believe in the promise and power of higher education access for incarcerated students.

She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of New Haven, an affiliated faculty of the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law at Yale Law School, and a Lecturer in Yale’s Education Studies Program.