Cassandra Osei is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration. Before entering the doctoral program, she completed her Master of Public Health at the Boston University (BU) School of Public Health, specializing in both Social Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology. She served the greater Boston area as a Social Epidemiologist at BU and at the Boston Public Health Commission. She also served as a research analyst, editor, and writer for the Political Research Associates in Massachusetts. Prior to the completion of her master’s, Cassandra received her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Loyola University of Chicago as a McNair Scholar.
Cassandra’s research interests include studying the mental health effects of social policies and laws that contribute to increased incarceration/crime rates as well as the continued economic and political disenfranchisement of the Black community, women, and their families. Furthermore, she is also interested in how social contracts among groups and entities perpetuate misogynoir, racism, and racially motivated violence that directly disrupts the equitable social development of the Black woman.