Karen Dolan is a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Karen holds an M.A. With Highest Distinction in Philosophy and Social Policy from the American University in Washington DC.
Karen joined IPS in 1996. Her public scholarship and activism at IPS has linked community-led organizations with social movements and policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. The focus of her work is on anti-poverty issues, juvenile justice, criminal justice reform, and transgender rights with a focus on race, gender, and gender identity. Karen currently directs the Criminalization of Race and Poverty project.
Some of Karen’s publications include: Mothers at the Gate: How a powerful family movement is transforming the juvenile justice system; The Poor Get Prison: The alarming spread of the criminalization of poverty; Closing the Inequality Divide; Battered By The Storm: How the Safety Net is Failing Americans and How to Fix it; We’re Not Broke; Our Communities are Not for Sale; Paying the Price: the Mounting Costs of War in Iraq; Foreign Policy Goes Local; and she was a contributor for Mandate for Change.
Karen blogs for Huffington Post and regularly appears in other media outlets. Karen serves on the boards of The Participatory Budgeting Project, The Liberty Tree Foundation and Jobs With Justice Worker Rights Board.
Areas of Expertise
- Progressive movement, policymakers
- Poverty, economic hardship
- Criminalization of race and poverty
- Juvenile justice; criminal justice reform
- Gender and gender identity; transgender rights
- Cost of war and militarism at home
The majority-conservative Supreme Court is poised to review the application of Title VII to trans people in the workplace.
My child has fought her whole life for her right to exist. This administration wants to take that away.
White males with high economic status are almost always presumed innocent, often at the expense of minorities and white women.
Restorative justice is a promising alternative to arming teachers and putting cops in schools. And we can prove it.
Help spread the word about our new report, Students Under Siege
How the school-to-prison pipeline, poverty, and racism endanger our school children
Anti-poverty programs are quickly becoming less accessible as the Trump administration claims the "War on Poverty" is "largely over and a success."
This is just the latest congressional favor for the Fraternal Order of the Police.
We need to address the criminalization of race and poverty. To do so, we need to correct our swaying moral compass.
An interview with Karen Dolan.
Armed adults don't make kids safer. They put them at greater risk.
"Our voices are getting louder. Our political power is expanding."
Trump wants to slash $610 billion from Medicaid — on top of the $800 billion the House wants to cut in repealing Obamacare. That will be devastating for people with disabilities.
Mothering a transgender child several years before there was any public understanding of what makes a baby transgender is a mountain most mothers hope they don't have to climb. But mothers don't have the luxury of staying confused.
For the mothers of the 54,000 children incarcerated in this country — the most of any in the world — Mother's Day rings in an acute pain.
The Trump administration just dealt trans kids a setback at the Supreme Court. But that's not the last word by a long shot.
What could Sessions have talked to the Russian ambassador about that could compare to his atrocious record on civil rights?
Trump's White House revoked Title IX protections of transgender students.
We need to get cops out of schools and invest in an accountable public education system, IPS' Karen Dolan told the Real News Network.
We could see a deepening of the racial punishment gap for schoolchildren.