A native of Detroit who attended Michigan State University to study Political Science, I am deeply committed to reforming a US criminal justice system that is expensive, frequently counterproductive, and terribly damaging to inmates, their families, entire communities, and the functioning of democracy. As an undergraduate I carried out research on racial hierarchies, the self-segregation of African American and Latinx students in university dorms, and the misrepresentation of minorities in US history high school textbooks. I also served as Michigan State’s President of the Council of Disabilities and as Chief of Staff for a legal non-profit which, among other roles, represents refugees at risk of deportation. As an MPhil student in Criminological Research at Cambridge, I will conduct comparative research on the causes, rates and effects of incarceration across counties with a view to better understanding the exceptionalism of American penal policy. This will prepare me for a career dedicated to making the US criminal justice system more rational, equitable, and humane. I am thrilled to have the chance to get to know students from around the world who share my passion for learning and applying the fruits of academic inquiry.
Michigan State University Political Science 2021