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Rayna Momen

DOCTORAL Candidate


Rayna Momen is a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)-State Doctoral Scholars Program Fellow and Program Coordinator for the West Virginia University Higher Education in Prison Initiative, pursuing a PhD in Sociology with an emphasis in Crime. Their dissertation focuses on the criminalization of transgender people through a queer criminological and intersectional lens. Other research interests include anti-racist and abolitionist pedagogy, the impacts of structural racism and mass incarceration, rural criminology, and Affrilachian resistance. Momen received instructor training through the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and is a longtime volunteer with the Appalachian Prison Book Project. #BlackLivesMatter