2022 Spring Classes


Reimagining the American Carceral State

University of Oklahoma, Norman

May 23-27, 2022 (in-person)


Scholar:  Prof. Mackenzie Israel-Trummel, William & Mary


In this seminar we will ask how the modern police state developed, how everyday Americans respond politically to the carceral state, and explore the possibility of reimagining criminal justice. Prior to the class, students will complete a creative assignment in which they use a non-traditional medium to explain a concept from the readings. This can take any form except a standard essay. At the end of the course students will write a policy paper in which they advocate for a policy that reimagines some facet of the modern carceral state.

  • Enrollment through your home campus
  • OSLEP provides all required reading materials at no additional cost-No books to buy!


Dr. Mackenzie Israel-Trummel is an Assistant Professor in the Government Department at the College of William & Mary. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department and an affiliate faculty member of the Women's and Gender Studies Department and the Latinx Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. While at OU she co-founded the Community Engagement + Experiments Lab

Dr. Israel-Trummel's research interests are primarily in the field of American political behavior and include the politics of identity and the carceral state. Her work has been supported by the Graduate Research Opportunity at Stanford University, the Laboratory for the Study of American Values, the Junior Faculty Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma, the Paul G. Risser Innovative Teaching Fellowship, and the Social Science Research Council. Dr. Israel-Trummel's research has been published in outlets including The Journal of PoliticsPolitical Behavior, and the Journal of Experimental Political Science. See some of her research featured at the Monkey Cage on the Washington Post.  



Cannabis Medicine: Ancestral Knowledge Made Relevant


November 12-16, 2022 

University of Oklahoma, Norman


3 credits


Scholar: Maria Pettinato, Seattle University (Retired)


A conceptual approach to understanding the history, structure, and function of cannabis including its effect on the human body.  This course will introduce subject matter such as retrograde inhibition and the specific effect of cannabis on mitochondria. The course will examine mechanisms of the human brain, the concept of homeostasis, and the specific constituents and chemical characteristics of cannabis and its effect on the function of body systems.



Dr. Maria Pettinato, RN, PhD, received her doctorate from the University of Washington in Seattle. She earned tenure and Associate Professorship at Seattle University. She has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing students at seven different universities on the east and west coast of the United States for the past 30+ years. Her teaching expertise in the fields of Neurobiology and Pathophysiology are at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her teaching expertise at the undergraduate level also includes courses in Nutrition and Medicinal Cannabis. She is the author of multiple peer reviewed articles in the fields of sexual minority health, addictive behavior disorders, cannabis medicine, and is an expert in Grounded Theory methodology. She has worked on a research team at the University of Washington that developed continuing education modules for health care providers regarding the use of cannabis medicine for chronic pain.


  • Enrollment through your home campus; contact your local OSLEP campus coordinator for information 
  • OSLEP provides all required reading materials at no additional cost-NO books to buy! 
  • Housing and meals provided 
  • In-person residential seminar 


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