James Marshall Public Policy Fellow
Kevin R. Carriere, MPP, PhD served as SPSSI's 2019-2020 James Marshall Public Policy Fellow. As a fellow, he worked in the office of Congresswoman Debra Haaland (D-NM) on a wide range of issues, including disability policy, criminal justice, and immigration reform.
Prior to his time with the U.S. Congress, Dr. Carriere completed his Masters in Public Policy and PhD in Psychology at Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, he was an active organizer of the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees.
Dr. Carriere’s interests and past experiences include protections of human rights and civil liberties, terrorism, social justice, graduate labor, and the demilitarization of police. He also carries a line of work in theoretical psychology, examining the meaning-making processes of collective action, imagination of futures, and threat as a motivator for social activists. His dissertation focused on why we restrict the rights of others and ourselves when we feel threatened, and how this divide emerges on the basis of citizenship.
In the future, he hopes to bring his experiences back into the university classroom, teaching the next generation of leaders where psychology, politics, and policy interact.