Irene Baird

brief bio of Irene

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D.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University, 1998
Affiliate Assistant Professor


Dr. Baird’s research and community outreach focus on the marginalized, primarily incarcerated males and females. For sixteen years she has used her humanities-based model with inmates in a county prison. The non-threatening process involves discussing relevant literature and creative writing to prompt personal story telling. As authors of their own experiences, the inmates address issues and evoke themes such as education/learning; gender, relationships, and parenting; activism/social justice; and violence. The creative reflections of her groups have been the focus of a community play, two DVDs, and two book chapters. These themes have also directed her research toward the education of prisoners and domestic violence.


Dr. Baird serves on master's and doctoral committees. In 2008, Smith College recognized her work in the community by naming her a distinguished alumna. In 2010, she was selected as one of 150 Living Legacies honored as part of the “Susquecentennial” celebration in Harrisburg, Pa.