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Sophia Burns


Sophia Burns is a graduate of the Vassar College class of 2018. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies, with multidisciplinary concentrations in Political Science and Geography. Her family at Vassar is within the Transitions community, which brings together first-generation, low-income, and/or undocumented students. During the spring of her junior year, she studied abroad in Havana, Cuba with the Autonomous University of Social Movements. As a member of the Young People For (YP4) 2017 fellowship, she is developing the Resilient Youth Collaborative, a network of support and empowerment for children of incarcerated parents. Her senior thesis, Placing Mass Incarceration, foregrounds the concept of “carceral urbanism,” or the use of urban geographic frameworks and history to dissect mass criminalization. In the future, she plans pursue a Ph.D. in Human Geography to continue this study. She will begin her term as a Partners for Justice Advocate in Oakland, California in September.

Updated May 2018