• Brooks, Sam
  • Research Interests: Trans History & Prison Studies
  • Education: Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies from Rutgers University, 2021. BA 2019 Univ. California, Berkeley. Political Science, Concentration: Political Theory.


Sam (they/them) is a PhD Candidate with training in political theory and history. Their areas of focus are transgender history and prison studies which they approach using Black Feminist theory, critical trans studies, and queer of color critique. Their dissertation analyzes transmasculine people's experiences of violence in the 20th and 21st century US, focusing on prisons, policing, medicine, and transphobic attacks. Sam previously worked as the Director of Operations at the Young Women's Freedom Center in San Francisco, CA, an organization that seeks to support system-involved youth, women, nonbinary, and transgender people in their process of self-liberation.