About the Prison Education Program

The Dean of Metropolitan College is Dr. Tanya Zlateva and Chair of Department of Applied Social Sciences is Dr. Daniel LeClair.


Dr. Danielle Rousseau

Prison Education Program Faculty Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

PhD, Northeastern University
MA, University of Denver
BA, University of Vermont

Dr. Rousseau received her MA in Clinical Forensic Psychology and her PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy and Women’s Studies. For the past decade, she has worked in the field of forensic mental health as a therapist in correctional facilities for both men and women, as well as in the community doing crisis response and victim services. Most recently, Rousseau worked in the mental health department of Massachusetts’ correctional facility for women, winning multiple awards from the Massachusetts Department of Correction for her efforts. Her professional focus has been in trauma services, helping survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Outside of her work in correctional facilities, she has established therapeutic programs for veterans, and has traveled to Haiti to work with earthquake survivors. Rousseau’s research focuses on the areas of sentencing; race and gender disparities in justice; the treatment of women within the criminal justice system; the use of mindfulness techniques for treating trauma; crime and popular media; and hate crime. She received the ASC Division of Corrections and Sentencing Student Paper Award as well as the Young Scholars Award from the University at Albany’s Symposium on Crime and Justice–The Past and Future of Empirical Sentencing Research. Her work is published in the Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, the Law and Society ReviewThe Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and other academic journals and books.


Jim Matesanz, MEd

Prison Education Program Field Coordinator
Lecturer in Department of Applied Social Sciences

M. Ed. In Counseling Psychology, Boston College

Jim received his master’s in education in counseling psychology from Boston College. He also received his certificate in Practical Project Management from U Mass. Boston. Prior to being affiliated with Boston University, he served for over fifteen years as a prison and jail superintendent in a variety of correctional facilities in Massachusetts. These included Bridgewater (a forensic facility) and Bay State Correctional Center. He now teaches a number of Boston University courses dealing with community corrections, special populations, leadership issues in corrections, and rehabilitation. In this capacity, he frequently visits the prisons in which BU’s prison education program is offered and provides consultation and guidance to BU faculty, correctional staff, and inmates in the program. He is also currently serving as a Director on the Board of Directors of Span, Inc. and Lowell House, Inc. These agencies provide reintegration, reentry, and community corrections services to inmates being released. He is also currently working on writing about the history of Bridgewater State Hospital and the criminally insane.

He was also the Superintendent of Jail Operations in the Norfolk County Sheriffs Office, managing all correctional programs, including the Jail, the Dedham Alternative Center, and community corrections programs. Mr. Matesanz also works with select clients as a consultant and coach in areas of leadership and operational risk management.