Bio

Through research, writing, legal services, and organizing, Andrea J. Ritchie has dedicated the past two decades to challenging racial profiling, police violence, criminalization and mass incarceration, with a particular focus on the experiences of women, girls, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of color. She is the author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color (Beacon Press 2017) and co-author of Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women (African American Policy Forum 2015), and Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Beacon Press 2011). A nationally recognized expert and commentator on policing issues, she has testified before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Prison Rape Elimination Commission, and several United Nations Treaty Bodies. She has appeared regularly in the New York Times, Washington Post, Teen Vogue, and on HBO, Yahoo News, NowThis, MSNBC, C-Span, NBC Nightly News, NPR, Al-Jazeera, and in Mother Jones. Her blogs and opinion pieces have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Root, Think Progress, Colorlines, Rewire, Cassius Life and TruthOUT.

Ritchie is currently Researcher-in-Residence on Race, Gender, Sexuality and Criminalization at the Social Justice Institute of the Barnard Center for Research on Women. In 2014 she was awarded a Senior Soros Justice Fellowship to engage in documentation and policy advocacy around profiling and policing of women of color.