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, Watts is using film and mixed methods to highlight complex racial matters in schools and community. Her independent research explores issues related to critical race socialization of Black children from the womb to adulthood. In particular, she is invested in exploring what we know about Black women who are also mothers through a critical race lens, analyzing the intersection(s) of race, gender, health, social media and pregnancy/delivery/recovery.
She is a Black and 2nd generation Mexican woman born and raised in Stockton, Calif. She is the mother of a brilliant 1+ year old, wife, scholar, organizer and emerging filmmaker. After completing her degree at Princeton, Watts earned her master’s degree in the Social and Cultural Analysis of Education Program at California State University Long Beach in May 2016.
Her other professional, personal and academic interests include restorative/transformative justice practice, facilitation and training for schools/school leaders, early childhood education, group facilitation, public speaking, consulting, grant writing and digital communications.Download Resume/CV