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Dr. Rachel Boccio is an Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia. Her scholarly interests range widely across the American 19th century with a focus on literature, education, incarceration, and personhood. Her work has appeared in Pedagogy, Rethinking Schools, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, and in the edited collection Critical Insights: Frederick Douglass. Before joining the faculty at LaGuardia, Dr. Boccio taught English and American literature for two decades at John R. Manson Youth Institution, a maximum-security prison for adolescent males in Connecticut. An essay drawing on this work appears in the MLA volume, Approaches to Teaching Literature and Writing in Prison (2022).