ABOUT JANAY WATTS
Janay is a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development. As a graduate researcher with The Racial Empowerment Collaborative and Dr. Howard Stevenson, Janay is using film to highlight complex racial matters in schools and community. As a graduate student, she serves as a TA for Penn’s GSE Racial Literacy Course. Her independent research explores issues of critical race socialization of children from the womb to adulthood. From theory to practice, Janay is interested in how families can resist racism through parenting towards liberation. Janay’s creative academic work explores the intersections of art and research, utilizing film and photography as a medium for sharing critical knowledge from the academy.
Janay Watts is an Afrolatina woman born and raised in Stockton, CA. As an expectant mother, scholar, emerging film maker, children’s book author, facilitator and organizer with Black Lives Matter, she keeps herself busy with the work. Janay completed her Bachelors degree in Sociology with a certificate in African American studies at Princeton University in 2010. Janay completed her master’s degree in the Social and Cultural Analysis of Education Program at California State University Long Beach in May 2016. Her thesis research concerned how Black mothers who are also organizers resist racism through childrearing.Download Resume/CV