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Brianna Harvey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, Fullerton. Her interdisciplinary research examines the ways carceral systems utilize policies, practices and other mechanisms of control to perpetuate anti-blackness and impact the lives of Black youth and their families.


Dr. Harvey engages in community rooted qualitative inquiry that seeks to combat oppression by creating spaces of liberation. Her prior research has explored the educational experiences of Black foster youth in K-12, paying close attention to the ways schools and the foster system colluded to shape the lives of the youth inside and outside of the school setting.


Dr. Harvey received the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and UCLA’s Inaugural Fellowship for the Study of Black Life. She received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California.

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