Amber J Powell
Amber Joy is a second-year PhD student in sociology at the University of Minnesota. Her current research interests include punishment, victimization, youth, and the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. More specifically, her work focuses on institutional responses to sexual violence. Her prior research draws on ethnographic observations to study how legal actors construct narratives of credibility in child sexual assault jury trials. Currently, she is working with Michelle Phelps on a qualitative project that explores how North Minneapolis residents, activists, and law enforcement officials understand police reform. She is also a regular contributor to The Society Pages, writing on a range of topics including sexual assault, prisoner reentry, and racial disparities among youth of color.