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Board President

Constance Pruitt is a Ph.D. student and Adjunct Instructor in the Political Science department at Howard University. Her doctoral concentrations are Comparative Politics and International Relations with a regional focus on Africa, and American Government. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Constance earned her Bachelor's degree from Howard University and Master's degree in International Relations from Regent's University in London. She also served on the graduate student council and was the recipient of the Sverdrup International Study Abroad Award. She has previously worked at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), as well as a Graduate Research Assistant for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). She was also an adjunct instructor at the University of the Potomac for several years. She is currently a Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Fellow, Assistant Director of Howard University's Pre-PhD Summer Enrichment Program, and a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society.

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Board Treasurer

Chenée Tracey is a project lead specializing in nuclear sanctions at CRDF Global. Chenée’s nuclear career path has led her to focus and research on civilian nuclear energy use, nuclear safeguards, and sanctions through research experiences working at Brookhaven National Laboratory and nuclear energy consulting firms. Chenée has a passion for Latin America and has lived and studied in Uruguay in 2013 and again as a Boren Scholar in Brazil in 2015. Her work with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency in Latin America and the Caribbean provided context and expertise on international trade and financial crime within Latin America. Chenée is a graduate from the University of Georgia where she received her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and master’s degree in Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy.

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Board Secretary

Katherine is a sociologist and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Carthage College. She specializes in critical criminology and police studies with a focus on power and inequality. She was born in Milwaukee, WI where her lived experiences serve as the foundation of her research interests. As a first-generation, working-class, Black woman raised in the most segregated city in the nation, she finds it her duty and honor to study the forces that create and reproduce inequality for disadvantaged communities. Katherine's research interests meet at the intersection of race, gender, crime, class, and social movements. At the same time, she emphasizes the ways in which members of marginalized populations individually and collectively resist aggressive and punitive policing. Katherine earned her B.A. from Emory University in sociology and African American studies. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology with a Black Studies emphasis from the University of California-Santa Barbara.



Board Member

A native of Denver, Colorado, Kayla Tolbert has a worldly education and professional experience in international relations. After obtaining a B.A. in Political Science and Arabic Language, she completed a Master’s in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC. She has completed several State Department programs including the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship in the United Arab Emirates and David L. Boren Fellowship in Jordan. Through these fellowships, Ms. Tolbert has completed studies in Modern Standard Arabic and Middle Eastern studies. In her professional endeavors, Ms. Tolbert has held multiple roles with international organizations, including the IMF and Islamic Relief.

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Board Member

Angel Smith worked as the Health Equity and Community Engagement Specialist for the Maternal Child Health (MCH) Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for 2 ½ years where she led CDPHE’s new MCH priority- Reducing Racial Inequities and serves as an expert for Colorado’s (COVID-19) Crisis Standards of Care Community Engagement subgroup. Angel was also a Center for Disease Control and Prevention fellow, helping local public health agencies integrate equity into its MCH breastfeeding priority. Angel currently attends Rice University as a Master of Arts in Global Affairs Candidate where she will minor in International Security. Angel is a Colorado native with bachelor’s degrees in political science and international studies from Colorado State University.