Karen Dolan is a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Karen holds an M.A. With Highest Distinction in Philosophy and Social Policy from the American University in Washington DC.
Karen joined IPS in 1996. Her public scholarship and activism at IPS has linked community-led organizations with social movements and policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. The focus of her work is on anti-poverty issues, juvenile justice, criminal justice reform, and transgender rights with a focus on race, gender, and gender identity. Karen currently directs the Criminalization of Race and Poverty project.
Some of Karen’s publications include: Mothers at the Gate: How a powerful family movement is transforming the juvenile justice system; The Poor Get Prison: The alarming spread of the criminalization of poverty; Closing the Inequality Divide; Battered By The Storm: How the Safety Net is Failing Americans and How to Fix it; We’re Not Broke; Our Communities are Not for Sale; Paying the Price: the Mounting Costs of War in Iraq; Foreign Policy Goes Local; and she was a contributor for Mandate for Change.
Karen blogs for Huffington Post and regularly appears in other media outlets. Karen serves on the boards of The Participatory Budgeting Project, The Liberty Tree Foundation and Jobs With Justice Worker Rights Board.
Areas of Expertise
- Progressive movement, policymakers
- Poverty, economic hardship
- Criminalization of race and poverty
- Juvenile justice; criminal justice reform
- Gender and gender identity; transgender rights
- Cost of war and militarism at home
Mothering a transgender child several years before there was any public understanding of what makes a baby transgender is a mountain most mothers hope they don't have to climb. But mothers don't have the luxury of staying confused.
For the mothers of the 54,000 children incarcerated in this country — the most of any in the world — Mother's Day rings in an acute pain.
The Trump administration just dealt trans kids a setback at the Supreme Court. But that's not the last word by a long shot.
What could Sessions have talked to the Russian ambassador about that could compare to his atrocious record on civil rights?
Trump's White House revoked Title IX protections of transgender students.
We need to get cops out of schools and invest in an accountable public education system, IPS' Karen Dolan told the Real News Network.
We could see a deepening of the racial punishment gap for schoolchildren.
Despite better numbers, the latest census data leaves much to be desired for closing the racial wage, wealth, and opportunity gaps in the United States.
Support of civil and human rights will drive the millennial voice in the upcoming presidential election.
IPS expert says she's "sickened and saddened" by a Texas judge's discriminatory ruling against Obama directive to recognize civil rights of transgender students in U.S public schools.
Black people are twice as likely to be pulled over as whites — and three times more likely to experience the use of force afterward.
One mother's fight to shut down a private juvenile corrections facility in Louisiana known for its brutality and big profits.
While society catches up with science, we need legal protections to stop discrimination and violence against people who identify as transgender.
A movement of family members is developing around the country that aims to challenge both the conditions in which their loved ones are held and the fact of mass incarceration itself.
More than 5 million children have a parent in jail. A country that allows such massive infliction of trauma on its children is a country whose entire future is in question.
IPS Criminalization of Poverty Project Director Karen Dolan: “Denying voting rights based on criminal records is an egregious affront to the democratic values we espouse in this country."
There’s only one way to make sure no more young girls are body-slammed by uniformed officers.
If the GOP wants to stay relevant, its establishment members of Congress may have to pay more attention to this budget than they wish to.
Tax policy and police brutality are inextricably linked, yet no one's talking about it. Here's why they should.
While it represents a step forward, 'ban the box' only goes so far in addressing deeper systemic issues fueling mass incarceration.