Shameika is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology who uses her interdisciplinary academic background (master’s in public administration and bachelor’s in business management) to help shape her research.

Her research primarily focuses on how space and place form and inform interactions in society in various social structures in the areas of race, gender, and their intersection.

Her understanding of the power of a single story and passion for empowering others has led her research towards being more qualitative in nature as she uses her research to share the lived experiences of those who at times are overlooked.