Ceema Samimi

they/them/theirs, PhD

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My research examines the intersections of service organizations, societal systems, criminalization, and race, and how these intersections impact young people. I believe that institutions such as the U.S. education system are responsible for uplifting the power of young people and that the school-to-prison pipeline is one of the most egregious displays of youth disempowerment.
My goal as an academic is to do research that is not only useful to the community, but that transforms systems (such as the educational system) into loving environments that contribute to what hooks calls "homeplace" (hooks, 1990). I use critical race theory as my primary framework in order to center race and power in my analysis. I want my work to be useful not only to those most impacted but to those who make decisions about how that impact happens. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Denver

Award Date: Jun 5 2020

MPA, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Award Date: May 2 2015


Award Date: May 1 2010

Research Interest Keywords

  • Critical Race Theory
  • power
  • youth
  • youth studies
  • school discipline
  • schools
  • nonprofit industrial complex
  • urban youth
  • Critical Theory
  • Quant Crit
  • community-based research
  • qualitative research


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