Jomaira Salas Pujols
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Sociology
Biography:Jomaira Salas Pujols’s research sits at the intersection of race, place, gender, and education. Her current book project, Black Girls Journeying, examines how Black girls draw on their movement through place to identify and challenge educational injustice—a concept she theorizes as journeying. In this manuscript, Professor Salas Pujols argues that Black girls’ emplacements in multiple spaces of learning (such as schools, afterschool programs, and social media) provide them with the insights, language, and tools to challenge policies and practices that harm them. This research has been published in the Youth & Society journal and has been supported by the National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation. Professor Salas Pujols’s other research interests include the study of Afro-Latina girlhood, Black girls’ perceptions of school dress codes, and the racialized legacies of punishment in school. She teaches courses on race and ethnicity, the sociology of children and youth, education, and Black girlhood studies. Outside of her scholarly work, Professor Salas Pujols is also an experienced youth worker and community-based workshop facilitator. She is also a founding member of the Black Latinas Know Collective.
AB, Bryn Mawr College; MA, PhD candidate, Rutgers University. At Bard since 2022.