Criminal Justice Transparency Fellow, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey
Board Trustee since 2013
Portia Allen-Kyle currently works at the ACLU-NJ where she focuses on developing a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system across New Jersey through the collection and analysis of relevant data, and making this data more publicly available.
Previously, Ms. Allen-Kyle has taught courses on Law & Society, Criminology, Race Relations, the Sociology of Family Life, and a bevy of other subjects, at Rutgers University and St. Thomas Aquinas College. She has also worked on programming with both the Eric Neisser Public Interest Program, and the Street Law Program at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark.
Following her passion for social justice, Ms. Allen-Kyle recently co-founded ‘Why Race Still Matters.’ This social commentary blog and social media endeavor is dedicated towards highlighting the salience of race in the 21st century, and sparking conversations on progress towards racial equality.
Ms. Allen-Kyle holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Africana Studies from Wellesley College, a Master’s degree in African-American Studies from Columbia University, and a law degree from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. She has been the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including Deborah T. Poritz Public Interest Fellowship, an Education Pioneers Fellowship, an Equal Justice America Fellowship, and the Social Science Research Council DPDF. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University.