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Rayna Momen



Rayna Momen is a Morgantown native and former W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow, 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, educational access for incarcerated people, rural criminology, and resilience among underrepresented people in Appalachia. Momen received instructor training through the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, and prior to COVID, went inside state and federal prisons in a volunteer capacity as a Teaching Assistant, Think Tank and Book Club member. They are a longtime volunteer with the Appalachian Prison Book Project, and a Founding Member of the International Society for the Study of Rural Crime. #BlackLivesMatter