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Primary Discipline

Primary Discipline: 

  • Social SciencesSociologySocial change

Further Specification: 

Social Justice, Mass Incarceration, Prevention of Community & State Violence
Secondary Discipline

Secondary Discipline: 

  • Social SciencesPolitical sciencePolicy studies


​​Crystallee Crain Ph.D., is a social and political critic with academic roots in sociology, political science, and psychology. Dr Crain has developed curriculum and taught courses at the university level for over a decade. She specializes in uncovering the layers of institutional inequity while supporting communities to shift ways of being and practice to improve life chances. She has worked as a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant for nonprofit organizations. Crystallee has a passion for evaluation studies that will impact policy reform and positive social change.

Dr Crain is a human rights scholar and advocate for government accountability globally. She has traveled to 23 countries on the continents of Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Australia/Oceania. Recently, she has done research in the South Pacific (Republic of Marshall Islands) on domestic violence survivors and plans to conduct and equity based evaluation of LGBTQ people's experiences, policies, and practice in Indonesia in 2020. She reported on the World Festival of Youth & Students in Caracas, Venezuela in 2005.

She teaches online courses on a variety of topics including (but not limited to): media studies, creative writing, self publishing, nonprofit advocacy, health equity, and other social justice topics. You can find more of her curriculum development work on her Social Justice Curriculum website. She has written two books, the first edition of A People's Primer: Dispatches on Politics & Social Change (2014) and Superfluous Pains (2020).

Crystallee earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. She holds a Master of Arts in Social Sciences (a concentration in Sociology from Eastern Michigan University), and a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from Northern Michigan University. In 2013 she received advanced training in Health and Human Rights from the School of Public Health at Harvard University. Dr Crain has served as a member of the Alameda County Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission, The City of Portland's Human Rights Commission and is a current member of National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) and .the American Evaluation Association.

Past clients - Dress for Success Oregon, Community Cycling Center, Essie Justice Group, San Francisco Coalition for Incarcerated Parents (SFCIPP), The Michigan Fairness Forum, #cut50 (dreamcorps)

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