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Dom Adams-Santos

Managing Director, Center for Racial Justice
Dr. Adams-Santos is a qualitative researcher who centers questions of sexuality, intimacy, and belonging in the digital era; in particular, how individuals navigate the racial, gender, and sexual politics of digital and urban landscapes in their search for intimacy and community.
Leadership

Mara Ostfeld

Research Director
Dr. Mara Cecilia Ostfeld is the research director at the Center for Racial Justice, and an associate research scientist in the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. In addition, Mara is a faculty lead at the Detroit Metro Area…
Leadership

Celeste M. Watkins-Hayes

Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy; Founding Director, Center for Racial Justice
Watkins-Hayes is an internationally-recognized scholar and expert on HIV/AIDS; urban poverty; social policy; and racial, class, and gender inequality. Her work illuminates social problems of great interest to scholars, communities, and policymakers. She works at the intersection of sociology, African American Studies, and public policy. Her work analyzes the impact of the HIV epidemic on women and the growth of the HIV safety net.
Fellow

Moya Z. Bailey

Visiting Fellow, Center for Racial Justice
Dr. Moya Z Bailey is an Associate Professor at Northwestern University and is the founder of the Digital Apothecary and co-founder of the Black Feminist Health Science Studies Collective. Her work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media…
Fellow

Kristina Fullerton Rico

Predoctoral fellow
Kristina Fullerton Rico is a Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for Racial Justice at the Ford School. Her research examines the social and emotional impacts of U.S. immigration policies that lead unauthorized immigrants and their families to endure…
Fellow

Angela S. García

Visiting Fellow, Center for Racial Justice
Dr. Angela S. García is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. She is a sociologist of immigration, membership, law, and the state, with a focus on undocumented migration in the…
Fellow

Mo Torres

Assistant professor of public policy and sociology / Postdoctoral Scholar
Mo Torres (MPP ‘15) is a Michigan Society of Fellows (MSF) postdoctoral scholar and assistant professor at the Ford School and in Sociology (LSA) for a three-year term. His research and teaching interests are in political economy, urban politics, and…
Fellow

Clarence Wardell III

Visiting Fellow, Center for Racial Justice
Dr. Clarence Wardell III is currently a Senior Program Officer on the Economic Mobility and Opportunity team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he leads efforts to foster innovation to improve economic outcomes for individuals in the U.S.…
Fellow

Diane J. Wright

Visiting Fellow, Center for Racial Justice
Diane J. Wright is a biracial, invisibly disabled Canadian-American filmmaker and author of Afro-Caribbean descent. She collaborates with filmmakers and studios in creating representations of Black, disabled, and neurodivergent communities that are…
Staff

Katrina Hamann

DEI Marketing and Communications Specialist
Katrina (they/she) brings experience in community organizing and a dedication to developing accessible communication strategies to advance the Ford School's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.
Staff

Angela Nicoloff

Administrative Assistant Senior
Angela (she/her) joined the Ford School in April 2022. She handles event planning, scheduling, and the center's finances.
Graduate students

Rebecca Hagos

Graduate Research Fellow
Rebecca Hagos is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Policy and a certificate in Science and Technology in Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School. Prior to pursuing studies at the University of Michigan, Rebecca completed a B.A. in…
Graduate students

Jasmine Banks

Graduate Research Fellow
Jasmine Banks is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology at the University of Michigan, examining in the intricacies of digital media use within the Black community. Her research sits at the intersection of race, identity, and culture, offering a nuanced…
Graduate students

Erykah Benson

Graduate Research Fellow
Erykah Benson is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology researching the impacts of racism on technology and the platform gig economy. Her work focuses on Black people’s access to and usage of technology as consumers and producers. She is a…
Graduate students

Catalina A. Castro

Graduate Research Fellow
Catalina Anampa Castro is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Catalina’s research draws on survey and administrative data to study the mechanisms of population-level racial and socioeconomic inequalities in…
Graduate students

Franshelly M. Martínez-Ortiz

Graduate Research Fellow
Franshelly M. Martínez-Ortiz is a PhD student in Political Science at Gerald Ford School of Public Policy. Her research focuses on broad topics of Race and Ethnicity, Political Behavior and American Public Opinion. She is currently working on…
Graduate students

Natalia Rice

Graduate Research Fellow
Natalia Rice is a first year MPP candidate and a native of Buffalo, NY. She graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University with a B.A. in English and Sociology. Natalia came to the Ford School with a passion for studying public policy at the…
Graduate students

Ignangeli Salinas-Muñiz

Graduate Research Fellow
Ignangeli Salinas-Muñiz is a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of Michigan and an NSF Graduate Fellowship Program Fellow. Her research centers representation, accountability, and decolonial possibility in…
Graduate students

Jasmine Simington

Graduate Research Fellow
Jasmine Simington is a joint doctoral student in Sociology and Public Policy. As a CRJ Graduate Research Fellow, she writes about attitudes towards reparations across Southeast Michigan. She has additional research on racial inequalities in housing…
Graduate students

Malcolm Thomas

Graduate Research Fellow
Malcolm is a PhD student in the joint Public Policy and Economics doctoral program. Malcolm studies the economics of enacting justice for systemic violence (e.g. mass incarceration) and applications of intersectionality in understanding collective…