Jamelia N. Harris

Advocate for Black Girls in the K-12 Pipeline


About Jamelia

Jamelia Harris is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Urban Schooling program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her research is committed to centering the voices and lived experiences of Black girls in the K-12 pipeline and contributes to the current national discourse which call for a re-centering of Black girls’ specific needs in carceral and school system reform. At the crux, her professional and scholarly objective is to support stakeholders in gaining a more nuanced understanding of the racial-gender dimensions of educational inequities that are often overlooked in conventional policy, practice, and advocacy discourses toward designing inclusive, supportive, and empowering schooling environments for all students.

Jamelia is an educational consultant with expertise on race, gender, and discipline. She currently is an associate researcher on a California Endowment-funded statewide school discipline study that examines the impact of school discipline reform efforts on teaching and learning.

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Teaching Interests

“Knowledge rooted in experience shapes what we value and as a consequence how we know what we know as well as how we use what we know.”
― bell hooks

As a Black feminist and interdisciplinary scholar, my epistemological groundings and trainings shape the foundation of my approach to teaching.  My teaching, an extension of my equity and justice orientation is grounded in the tenets: knowledge, consciousness, and empowerment (hooks, 1984). I see myself cultivating student-centered learning environments that encourage critical engagement with race, gender, urban education policy, and carceral studies. I have extensive teaching experience, ranging from my work with middle and high school aged students in youth prisons and community-based programs, to university-level instruction at both the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of California, Los Angeles. As a teaching assistant, guest lecturer, and course instructor in the UCLA Department of Education, I have had the opportunity to teach undergraduate students within a variety of subjects including: education policy, “Intersectionality and the School/Prison Nexus,” and an introductory course on qualitative research design and social justice research methods. While I have a broad set of teaching interests and am prepared to teach courses that extend beyond my core research focus on intersectionality and education policy, I am particularly prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in critical race, feminist theory, urban/spatial studies, education policy, and carceral studies. I am also prepared to teach a wide range of qualitative methods and research design courses.



Jamelia Harris provides professional development, consultation guidance, and keynote presentations on the following:

Personal Statement Development

Personal statements are the most integral component of any admissions process. Jamelia leverages her storytelling expertise to support clients in developing outstanding essays that convey their purpose, academic preparedness,  impactful experiences, and unique contributions.

School Discipline and Climate Improvement

Jamelia provides didactic and interactive professional development workshops and research-based partnerships that bridge theory, empirical research, and best practices toward promoting inclusive learning environments for all students. She has specific expertise on the needs and experiences of Girls of color including improving discipline disparities, school connectedness, and interpersonal relationship dynamics.




I prepared to write my Law school personal statement with little confidence on where to even start. Though I feel like a pretty solid writer, I needed additional feedback and critique. I reached out Jamelia and she went up and above to even consult with an admission officer to augment her extensive and detailed response to me. I updated my approach and I received great reception on my updated personal statement upon making her recommended changes from students who attended T14 schools. I am grateful I came to Jamelia first because she let me know what admissions officers look for and how to really present myself, achievements, and how to convey this and more to admissions officers.

- Melissa Lyken

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