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Advancing Gender Equity in Education and Society

Sabrina J. Curtis is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. Sabrina’s teaching in the Youth and Social Innovation program focuses on developing students’ knowledge, skills, and know-how to be critically-informed and socially aware analytical thinkers and changemakers in youth-oriented and other nonprofit, public service, and education related spaces. Her research centers on civic identity development, the intersections of gender and social politics, and the influences of race, gender, class, and sexuality on the civic and political lives and futures of Black women and girls. Sabrina teaches courses on community engagement and previously taught courses on  feminist theory, gender and sexuality studies, and gender, justice, and equity in education.


Sabrina has experience working with youth leadership development organizations where she has consulted on gender equity in education policy, provided youth advocacy training, and developed publicly accessible civic and political education courses for women and girls of color. She is also the co-founder of The Pyramid Project, a nonprofit mentorship organization serving youth in rural communities in Mississippi. Prior to beginning her academic career, Sabrina served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Endowment for Humanities. Sabrina holds a Ph.D. in Education, a Master’s degree in English from Texas Southern University and Bachelors’ degrees in English and Political Science from the University of New Mexico.

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