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Shaneya Simmelkjaer

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426 Eggers Hall

Shaneya Simmelkjaer

Ph.D. Student, Sociology Department

Graduate Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

Highest degree earned

M.A., Syracuse University, 2024


Shaneya Nyasia Simmelkjaer (also known as Nyah) was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She holds a B.A. in criminology, a B.A. in political science and a B.A. in African American studies from SUNY Cortland. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at Syracuse University, and her research interests include race/ethnicity, mass incarceration, the sociology of punishment, criminology and Black feminism.

Shaneya has much experience with social and racial justice advocacy, community-based research and policy-based research. She is looking forward to further developing her research skills and pedagogy.

Research Interests

Racial inequality, mass incarceration, the sociology of punishment, criminology, Black feminism 

Center for Policy Research
426 Eggers Hall