Britany Gatewood, Ph.D.
Sydni Turner
MA Student
Emerald Jones, MA
PhD Student
April Green, MA
Amanda Casitllo, MA
PhD Student
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Success and Resilience Study Research Team

Britany Gatewood is a recently earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from  in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University. She earned her Ph.D. with a concentration in social inequality and criminology, and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. She identifies as a Black queer woman scholar activist. She received her BA in Sociology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her MA in Liberal Arts at the University of Detroit Mercy. Her research interests include social inequality, criminology, social movements, and scholar activism. Her research focuses on social movements within carceral institutions and well as the political practice and the tradition of resistance of Black women and their children. Britany’s dissertation explores the impact of the criminal justice system on Black women. Specifically, how incarceration in conjunction with one’s political, social, and economic position affect their activism and political participation, collectively and individually.

Sydni Turner is a second year Masters student at Howard University within the Sociology and Criminology department. In 2016, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice and a minor in Family Studies from Towson University. Her research focuses on the dynamics shifts in the political economy as it relates to mass incarceration, the Black family, and reentry. More specifically, her Master’s thesis will explore the mass incarceration of black fathers who successfully parent and maintain relationships with their children during incarceration. As a Prince George’s county native, she currently serves as a reentry mentor at Welcome Home Reentry Program. In addition, she is a board member and secretary at It Takes A Village Collaborative non-profit organization whose mission is to provide individuals, families, and communities, with resources, services, and networks to empower them to reach their fullest potential. Long term, she aims to own a reentry non-profit organization that provides services such as employment, housing, and life skills to the formerly incarceration population.

Emerald Jones is a fourth-year Doctoral student at Howard University focusing on the areas of criminology and social inequality. She currently holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Fayetteville State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fayetteville State
University. Her research - which focuses on mass incarceration, social inequality, racial discrimination, and occupational inequality - explores how race and gender play a major role in the judicial system. Emerald is currently a professor at Montgomery Community College and Bowie State University, where she teaches courses in sociology and criminology. She also served as an academic Coach and general one-on-one coach for Montgomery’s ATPA program (Achieving the Promise Academy), where she assists students in refining their personal academic goals. Her research explores the saturated societal issue mass incarceration. Long-term, she aims to teach, and to increase awareness about the judicial system whose stated, but yet unachieved, goals are to protect and serve all individuals regardless of race, gender or economic background.

Amanda Castillo is a first year doctoral student in Sociology at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She completed her B.A. and M.A. in accounting and sociology at Texas Southern University. Amanda is interested in links between equity-focused public education policies, educational resilience, and children’s chances of upward intergenerational mobility. More generally, she is interested in stratification and inequality including discrimination processes, urban poverty, race, immigration, social networks, and continuity and change in values and attitudes.

April Greene is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University. Within the department, April’s disciplinary focuses are social inequalities and criminology. April’s primary research interests are the indicators of success for Black children in a variety of settings. She is interested in the intersectionality of race and class and how the two impact the overall success of Black children. April is a Doctoral Fellow for The  Center for Advancing Opportunities (CAO). Through this fellowship, April is working on a project that examines the Resiliency Among Children of Incarcerated Parents. Specifically, she is looking at how these children define success and what resources are available to them that will allow them to thrive. 

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