Jomaira Salas Pujols
I am a Black Latina and the daughter of working-class Dominican immigrants. I was raised by generations of Dominican women who showed me what love, care, laughter, and accountability looks like in practice. I am committed to centering, listening, and learning from other Black girls and girls of color who challenge oppression in their everyday lives. As a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Rutgers University, my research sits at the intersection of race, education, place, and Black girlhood studies. My dissertation "Black Girls Journeying" examines how Black girls draw on their movement through urban space to challenge educational injustice. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
In addition to my academic work, I create social justice-centered curriculums and trainings for community-based educational spaces and have served as a Young Alumna Trustee for alma mater, Bryn Mawr College. I also conduct research on Afro-Latin@ racial identity and the Census through the Afro-Latin@ Forum. I love swimming, reading, yoga, and the Real Housewives of Atlanta.