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Jarell Skinner-Roy

Doctoral Student in Higher Education, University of Michigan

Jarell Skinner-Roy (he/him) is a research associate at the Campus Abolition Research Lab and a doctoral student in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan (U-M). Jarell’s current research examines how racially minoritized students conceptualize safety and security in the context of racialized policing and surveillance on college and university campuses, and the ways in which it is (mis)aligned with institutional rhetoric, policies, and practices. Prior to attending U-M, Jarell taught English in Benin, worked at an education nonprofit in Minneapolis, and led international programs abroad for high school students. He earned his bachelor’s degree in French and Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2011, and his master’s degree in Higher Education from U-M in 2019.


  • 2020–present
    Research Associate, Campus Abolition Research Lab, University of Michigan
  • 2020–present
    Doctoral Student, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, University of Michigan
  • 2019–present
    Research Assistant, National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID)
  • 2018–2019
    Graduate Student Advisor, Office of Student Affairs, School of Education, University of Michigan
  • 2015–2018
    Program Manager, College Possible
  • 2013–2015
    Program Coordinator, College Possible
  • 2012–2012
    English Teacher, Ameritech Language Learning Institute of Benin


  • 2019 
    University of Michigan, M.A. Higher Education
  • 2011 
    University of Wisconsin Madison, B.A. Legal Studies and French

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Anti-racist Mini-grant Award
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    dije Office, Race and Social Justice Institute, School of Education, University of Michigan

Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)