Christopher Beasley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office hours
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Community Psychology
DePaul University

Dr. Beasley is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma, where he studies transitions from prison to college, leads the development of the Husky Post-Prison pathways initiative, and advises the Formerly Incarcerated Student Association. His scholarly work emphasizes the possibilities incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people imagine for themselves, influences on these possibilities, and how they alter life courses. He’s also spoken extensively about the role of people with lived expertise in the creation of social change and ways to realize this potential. Dr. Beasley is invested in this scholarship because of his own transition from prisoner to social change agent and scholar. He attended community college after leaving prison and “cut his social justice chops” fighting for queer liberation as an undergraduate student in the early 2000’s. He began organizing and supporting formerly incarcerated college students as a graduate student in the 2010’s and co-founded the Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network in 2014--an organization that now has over 1000 members across 44 states and 10 countries. In addition to his scholarship, Dr. Beasley currently focuses on investing in student leaders while creating systems and structures in which they can realize their potential. He also serves as Board Director for both the Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network and From Prison Cells to Ph.D.

Research and/or Educational Specialty
Post-prison higher education
Prison to college transitions
Possible selves
Third order change
Community organizing
Community psychology


TPSYCH 101 – Introduction to Psychology
TPSYCH 240 – Social Psychology
TPSYCH 209 – Fundamentals of Psychological Research I
TPSYCH 309 – Fundamentals of Psychological Research II
TPSYCH 344 – Self and Society
TPSYCH 346 – Skepticism & Critical Thinking
TPSYCH 445 – Psychology of Superheroes: An Exploration of Good and Evil

Academic Service

Coordinator, Social Science Research Methods Minor
Advisory Board, UW Tacoma Legal Pathways Initiative
Deans Diversity Action Committee, UW Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Lead Planner, Husky Post-Prison Pathways
Co-Founder & Board Director, Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network
Board Director, From Prison Cells to PhD
Planning Committee, Rise Up Conference to Liberate Higher Education During and After Prison

CV or Resume
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