June 12 to June 25, 2021 | Howard University | Virtual event



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Terri Adams, Ph.D
Terri Adams, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, and Interim Director at the NOAA Cooperative Science Center for Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology at Howard University. She is also the lead investigator of the decision-support team for the “Building Extreme Weather Resiliency Through Improved Weather and Climate Prediction and Public Response Strategies” project supported by the National Foundation’s Partnerships in International Research and Education Program. Dr. Adams’ research takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine issues that have both theoretical and practical implications. Her specific research interests include emergency management, policing, gender studies, and the impact of trauma and disasters on individuals and organizations. Her most recent work centers on the decision-making processes of both individuals and organizations in the face of natural disasters. In addition to her academic work, she has served as a research consultant for a number of agencies and non-profit organizations including: The Police Executive Leadership Program at Johns Hopkins University, the Williams Institute, the DC Metropolitan Police Department, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the Prince George’s Center for Youth and Family Research, the Young Ladies of Tomorrow Inc., and the Fraternal Order of Police Metropolitan Police Labor Committee.
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Bahiyyah Muhammad, Ph.D
Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad is an Associate Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology at Howard University (HU) in the District of Columbia (DC). She is an expert on mass incarceration and the collateral consequences on families, specifically focused on resilience among children of incarcerated parents. Her recent work explores the culture among families and children who maintain bonds during long-term imprisonment and death by incarceration. Her future research agenda includes ethnographic methodologies to uncover the “culture of mass incarceration”.


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Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D
Ruha Benjamin is Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code among many other publications. Her work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power. Ruha earned a BA from Spelman College, MA and PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA’s Institute for Society & Genetics and Harvard’s Science, Technology and Society Program. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation 2020 Freedom Scholar Award, and the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton.
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Naomi Sugie, Ph.D
Naomi F. Sugie is an Associate Professor in the Criminology, Law and Society Department (and by courtesy, the Sociology Department) at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine). Her research focuses on issues of punishment, inequality, and new technologies for research with traditionally hard-to-reach groups. Her recent projects focus on reentry from prison and the consequences of criminal justice contact for employment, mental health, and political participation. In a recent study, the Newark Smartphone Reentry Project, she used a phone application to examine daily job search and employment experiences of men recently released from prison in Newark, NJ. This project collected data through real-time surveys, GPS location estimates, and call/text logs. Currently, she is collaborating with an interdisciplinary team to develop a phone application to understand housing needs among precariously housed and homeless Veterans. She is also working with faculty and students at UC Irvine, through the PrisonPandemic Project, to document and disseminate stories from incarcerated people in CA about living through COVID-19. Her work is published in journals including American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Criminology, Demography, Social Forces, Social Problems, and Sociological Methods and Research, and has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Justice, and National Science Foundation. Sugie earned a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy, as well as a specialization in Demography, from Princeton University.
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Chris Wheat, Ph.D
Chris Wheat is the Co-President for the JPMorgan Chase Institute. Prior to joining JPMCI, he served as the Director of Analytics at a financial technology startup, where he led the development of advanced analytics algorithms. He previously was an Assistant Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and at the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers Business School. As a faculty member, he taught and researched topics in strategy, entrepreneurship, global microfinance, economic sociology, and social network analysis. Chris earned a B.S.E. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, an M.A. in Sociology from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University.


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Naniette H. Coleman
Naniette H. Coleman is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of California Berkeley and a UC-National Lab In-Residence Graduate Fellow at Los Alamos National Lab. Since 2016 Naniette has directed the AAC&U award winning Interdisciplinary Research Group on Privacy at Berkeley. Naniette is an affiliate of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, the Center for Long-term Cybersecurity, and the Center for Technology, Society, and Policy at Berkeley as well as the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Berkman-Klein Center for the Internet and Society at Harvard University. Naniette’s research sits at the intersection of the sociology of culture and organizations and focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, and privacy in the US context. Specifically Naniette’s research examines how organizations assess risk, make decisions, and respond to data breaches and organizational compliance with state, federal, and international privacy laws. Naniette holds a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Democracy, Politics, and Institutions from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and both an M.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Communication from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. A non-traditional student, Naniette’s prior professional experience includes local, state, and federal service, as well as work for two international organizations, and two universities.

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Zanele Munyikwa
Zanele Munyikwa is a Ph.D. candidate in Information Technologies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is also a research affiliate at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and a graduate research affiliate of the Stanford Digital Economy lab. Zanele has a BS in Computer Science from Duke University and was a Research Fellow at Stanford Graduate School of Business prior to her Ph.D. Her research interests are at the intersection of information systems, economics, and computer science. She studies labor and employment in the digital economy. For example, one ongoing project investigates the effect of internet access on local employment, and another examines human-machine collaboration in the workplace.
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Demetrius Murphy
Demetrius Murphy is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at The University of Southern California. He earned his B.A. in Management Consulting and Africana Studies at the University of Notre Dame and his M.A. in Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. His research interests lie in the areas of race and ethnicity, economic sociology, and urban sociology, focusing mainly on the social meaning of the good life, the Black middle class, and (anti-)Blackness in Brazil and The United States. He has two on-going projects. One project investigates how the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter works in Brazil. His primary research project examines how perceptions of the good life are “made” and the social struggles in which particular visions become dominant in Black communities in Los Angeles.

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