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 povertyClosing the Inequality DivideBattered By The Storm: How the Safety Net is Failing Americans and How to Fix itWe’re Not BrokeOur Communities are Not for SalePaying the Price: the Mounting Costs of War in IraqForeign 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

Latest

Will Any Presidential Candidate Connect Federal Tax Policy and Police Killings?

Tax policy and police brutality are inextricably linked, yet no one’s talking about it. Here’s why they should.

The Harsh Reality of ‘Ban the Box’ Reform Efforts

While it represents a step forward, ‘ban the box’ only goes so far in addressing deeper systemic issues fueling mass incarceration.

Away with the Clowns

The GOP race may be a circus, but the candidates are dead serious about padding the pockets of the rich.

How The Assault at Spring Valley High Brutally Demonstrates the ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’

The assault at Spring Valley High is representative of the U.S.’s disturbing habit of criminalizing black and Latino children.

A Significant Step Forward on the Road to Reform

A bipartisan group of legislators have come together to take action on criminal justice reform. Will they secure the votes to pass it?

Pope, Post-partisanship, and Prisons

Can the pope’s emphasis on criminal justice reform begin to shift the ideological landscape in Washington?

A Summer Storm is Brewing

The need for our safety net is palpable, but the GOP’s hurricane budget is shredding it.

Caitlyn Jenner Isn’t ‘Posing’ as a Woman—She Is a Woman

What makes us feel like and identify as a certain gender or genders is in our brain, not between our legs.

How a Broken Tail Light Can Be a Death Sentence in America

We’ve created a perfect storm of poverty, fear, social control and racially charged policing.

Guilty of Being Poor

When a community issues arrest warrants for more offenses than it has residents, something’s deeply wrong.

The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty

This report provides a new understanding of the growing ways in which those in poverty are disproportionately targeted, marginalized, and prosecuted.

Wal-Mart Does Something Right

I’ll still protest the giant retailer, but maybe a little more quietly.

Let Us Eat Cake: The New Census Data on Poverty

Poverty and deep poverty persist in this wealthy nation.

Addressing Inequality in Maryland

When assessing policies affecting our state and the well-being of all our citizens, we should be using a lens such as the Genuine Progress Indicator.

Report: Closing the Inequality Divide

A new IPS report lays out a strategy for fostering Genuine Progress in Maryland.

An IPS-Style Holiday Carol

Written by Karen Dolan, the Institute for Policy Studies deadline poet, to be sung to the tune of
“Twelve Days of Christmas.”

We’re Not Broke

This commonsense guide to avoiding the fiscal swindle would nearly eliminate the budget deficit while making the United States more equitable, green, and secure.

The Nail-Biter that Wasn’t

Voters knew just what to do.

Beyond the Jobs Report: A Call for a Transformational Economy

Those job numbers are good for Obama, but don’t say whether the economy is truly getting healthier.

Mitt Wants to be President – This President

Conservatives are going to bed very nervous tonight. They must be realizing that Mitt really is the liberal they were afraid he was. Peace, love, and… gender equality?

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Criminalization of Race and Poverty

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