Appointed as Research and Investigations Specialist, Southern Poverty Law Center


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, History, Carnegie Mellon University

Position Description

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. The SPLC has remained in the vanguard of efforts to defend victims of injustice, continuing its commitment to juvenile justice reform and the rights of children while vigorously protecting the rights of the LGBT community, the poor, and exploited immigrants in the South. The SPLC’s overall communications strategy and goals are to raise public awareness of issues involving ongoing social and economic injustice, change the public discourse, and start national discussions so that leaders must take action. We achieve this not only by bringing creative and effective litigation to highlight compelling narratives of injustice and obtaining reform through the courts, but also by presenting the kind of stories that capture the public’s attention. In addition, we strategically use our communications toolbox to raise public consciousness by highlighting racist elements in public life in order to isolate them from the mainstream and counter their influence.

The Research and Investigations Specialist will play a key role in our Communications Department through using policy and social science research to inform our communication strategies, goals, and outputs. The Research and Investigations Specialist will be charged with conducting research that furthers the SPLC’s programmatic priorities and advocacy work. This will include creating and contributing to policy papers on pressing social justice concerns, investigative reports, website content, and articles.