Deinya Phenix

Deinya joined Vera’s Restoring Promise initiative as a senior research associate. She supports and advises Restoring Promise research in collaboration with incarcerated individuals, their mentors, and system-impacted communities. She also directs the team’s effort to compile a national database on prison culture and leads a first-of-its-kind collaborative, randomized controlled trial. Prior to Vera, Deinya was a quantitative researcher and consultant in urban education, public health, and criminal justice. Deinya was also an award-winning college professor, who created innovative programs integrating instruction, research, community-based activism, and the arts of the African diaspora. She holds a PhD in sociology from New York University and an MA in sociology from the University of New Mexico. Deinya is also part of a sisterhood of Black women who attended Williams College. A native of Roxbury, Massachusetts, Deinya spends her spare time deepening connections with her ancestors and family around the world through percussion and dance.