Baz Dreisinger Associate professor of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Baz Dreisinger is an associate professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, where she teaches interdisciplinary courses about race, crime and culture in America and the Caribbean. She is the academic director and founder of John Jay's soon-to-be-launched Prison-to-College Pipeline, which will work in partnership with Arthur Kill Correctional Facility. She is the author of Near Black: White-to-Black Passing in American Culture and has written about race-related issues and popular culture for publications ranging from the The New York Times and The Nation, to NPR and the Village Voice. Dreisinger is also the producer and writer of the documentaries Black & Blue: Legends of the Hip-Hop Cop, which investigates the NYPD’s monitoring of the hip-hop industry, and Rhyme & Punishment, about hip-hop and the prison-industrial complex.