Areas of Interest:Carceral Policies, Community Organizing, Field Experiments, Political Psychology, Racial Attitude Change, White Political Attitudes
Kristen Brock-Petroshius is a PhD student in Social Welfare with a BA in Sociology and Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She will receive her MSW in June 2018. For over a decade she worked on issues of LGBTQ and racial justice through both social services and community organizing approaches. Her research is primarily concerned with changing dominant racial attitudes in predominantly white communities in the U.S. She has particular interests in community organizing, empirical Critical Race Theory, mixed methods, and field experimental approaches, including conducting research in ways that are accountable to and build the capacity of racial justice organizers. Her current research involves the development of a deep canvass organizing model to build support in predominantly white neighborhoods for a policy initiative that would divert public funds from incarceration and into community resources in the majority poor and working class Black and Latinx communities targeted by criminalization.