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I am a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow and doctoral candidate in Sociology at Rutgers University. My research sits at the intersection of race, education, place, and Black girlhood studies. 

My dissertation "Journeying:  Black Girlhood, Movement, and the Refusal of (In)justice"examines how  Black girls draw on their movement through urban space to identify and challenge educational injustice— a concept I theorize as journeying. This work advances research in the sociology of education by identifying how marginalized youth gain the insight, language, and tools to actively challenge policies and practices that harm them. Funding from the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation has supported this project.

About Jomaira

My other research interests include Afro-Latina girlhood, Black girls' perceptions of school dress codes, and the racialized legacies of punishment systems in schools. You can find my work in the Youth & Society journal and the Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis edited volume.

Outside of the university walls, I develop curriculum and facilitate workshops for community-based educational spaces. I have also served as a Young Alumna Trustee at my alma mater, Bryn Mawr College where I co-chaired the Board of Trustees' Equity & Inclusion working group.   

In fall 2022, I will join Bard College as Assistant Professor of Sociology.