Annie Phoenix, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans, where she leads faculty to contribute to criminal legal system reform and continue the Jesuit tradition of “faith that does justice”.
Annie specializes in supporting social justice organizations to identify needs, design programs, and secure funding. She has a passion for working closely with community leaders to build innovative, ambitious, sustainable programming.
Annie was previously the co-founder and development director of Operation Restoration, a non-profit organization that supports currently and formerly incarcerated women. She led efforts to establish a college in prison program in partnership with Tulane University’s School of Professional Advancement. Approximately 40 students at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women are now taking for-credit courses required to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science. Annie is also an experienced advocate who has written and passed multiple laws in Louisiana and supported federal legislation to restore the Pell grant for incarcerated students.
Annie received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Tulane University’s City, Culture, and Community program in 2021. Her dissertation was a critical policy analysis of efforts to remove criminal history questions from college applications in five states.