Kirk "Jae" James

Headshot of Kirk "Jae" James wearing a grey suit jacket, black shirt, and tan fedora.

Dr. Kirk “Jae” James is an immigrant, formerly incarcerated Black man committed to creating a world in which everyone can self-actualize. Jae received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. He has utilized the content from his research and his lived experience to consult, coach, and develop educational content for The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, City College, Fordham University, York College, and Columbia University, just to name a few institutions.  Jae is currently the interim Director of the DSW program at NYU Silver School of Social Work and the Chair of the Diversity, Race, Oppression, and Privilege (DROP) curricula area and sits on the editorial board of Abolitionist Perspectives in Social Work. Jae speaks internationally on issues related to mass incarceration, anti-oppression, human rights, and liberatory pedagogy. He is also completing his first book, titled 94A6325: Coming of Age In The Era of Mass Incarceration, which is a reflection of his lived experience and research within carceral systems.