Asia Sade Ivey

Asia Ivey Portrait

Position Title
Ph.D. Candidate



  • B.A. Psychology - Spelman College
  • M.A. Sociology - University of California, Davis


Asia S. Ivey is a Ph.D. candidate who focuses on educational equity and racialized organizational policy. Asia examines the inequitable structures that reproduce structural racism in public schools and highlights the skills and expertise of progressive Black educators who strategically combat schools’ oppressive policies and practices. Asia is currently working on her dissertation, Frontline Educators: Organizing for Equity and Critically Reimagining the Future of Public Education, and anticipates degree completion in June 2024.

Asia currently serves as a graduate student researcher (GSR) for the Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP). While in this role, she has co-authored a comprehensive, empirical report on community violence intervention (CVI) programs that utilize outreach workers, where authors discuss barriers to implementation and provide recommendations for operational effectiveness. Asia led the development of a co-authored research commentary focused on how CVI strategies can mitigate structural violence in urban public schools, which is currently under review with Theory, Research, and Action in Urban Education. Currently, Asia is working on a focus group and interview study with frontline workers to learn more about the drivers and mitigators of violence in Sacramento, Milwaukee, and Baltimore.

Asia is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) program, where she received four years of robust training on how to translate empirical research for policymakers and how to determine the key motivations of relevant stakeholders. In HPRS, she had the opportunity to practice policy pitches with legislative members and to write Op-Eds related to her research.

Lastly, Asia manages an Instagram profile, @equityacademy, where she creates and shares equity-focused, anti-racist content, media, and infographics for the advancement of educational equity.

Research Focus

Educational equity (K-12 and higher education); organizational policy; racial equity; health equity; community violence intervention and prevention; structural violence; social and structural determinants of health; community engaged research; policy evaluation; quantitative methods; qualitative methods; mixed-methods research designs


  • for Research, T. T. R. C., Neely, A. N., Ivey, A. S., Duarte, C., Poe, J., & Irsheid, S. (2020). Building the transdisciplinary resistance collective for research and policy: implications for dismantling structural racism as a determinant of health inequity. Ethnicity & Disease, 30(3), 381.
  • Buggs S, Dawson M, Ivey A. Implementing Outreach-Based Community Violence Intervention Programs: Operational Needs and Policy Recommendations. Local Initiatives Support Corporation (2022).
  • Dawson, M. K., Ivey, A., & Buggs, S. (2023). Relationships, resources, and political empowerment: Community violence intervention strategies that contest the logics of policing and incarceration. Frontiers in Public Health, 11, 1249.
  • Clergé, O., Ivey, A. (2023). The Winding Road to Tenure: Racial Exclusions in the Academic Workplace for Black and Latinx Faculty. The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook on Workplace Diversity and Stratification