LeShae Henderson

LeShae Henderson

Research Interests


LeShae Henderson is a Paul S. Lazarsfeld fellow and a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Sociology. Her research is interested in questions relating to the study of race and race-making processes, indigeneity, incarceration, and inequality. Her dissertation project examines Hawaiian culture in Hawai’i’s prison system. Through this work, she explores how Native Hawaiian cultural practices and identities persist in an institution that is historically meant to “strip away the self.” LeShae is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and an inaugural Reducing Inequality Network fellow. Prior to her doctoral studies, LeShae worked at the Vera Institute of Justice and helped produce the Decarcerated Podcast.


M.Phil., Sociology, Columbia University, 2022
M.A., Sociology, Columbia University, 2020
B.A., Sociology, Harvard College, 2016