LeShae Henderson

LeShae Henderson

Research Interest


LeShae Henderson is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University, an inaugural Reducing Inequality Network Fellow, and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Her current research interests lie at the intersections of race, racial boundary making, inequality, incarceration, and punishment. A Hawai’i native, she is especially interested in processes of race-making in penal institutions and in understanding the disparate rates of indigenous incarceration in countries like the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. Before coming to Columbia, LeShae worked at the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit criminal justice research and policy reform organization, where she co-authored Vera’s first report with an explicit focus on race in the criminal justice system.


B.A. in Sociology (with Honors), Harvard College, 2016