Carol Gray

Ph.D. Candidate


B.A., Wesleyan University, major: African Studies

J.D., Northeastern University School of Law

L.L.M., Georgetown University Law Center

Diploma, International Human Rights Law, American University in Cairo, Egypt

Graduate certificates in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics; Feminist Studies; and Human Rights, University of Connecticut

Research and Teaching Interests

A former public defender, Carol Gray is a doctoral student in Political Science employing an interdisciplinary approach in both her research and her teaching. Gray’s dissertation, growing out of a 100+ hour oral history she conducted of one of Egypt’s leading human rights organizations while living in Cairo during and after the Arab Spring, analyzes how law is a site of struggle in Egypt with the State using law to try to control and punish dissent and NGOs using litigation as a strategy for human rights reform. Gray also conducts research related to gender, race, and decolonialism.

Gray has taught courses at the University of Connecticut, Hampshire College, Western New England School of Law and Greenfield Community College (Greenfield, MA). She has taught more than two dozen courses spanning multiple fields including Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Criminal Justice; Political Science (covering public law, constitutional law, comparative law, international relations, and political theory) and Asian-American Studies

Selected Publications

Selected Awards

  •  Humanities Institute Dissertation Fellow, University of Connecticut, 2021-2022
  • Crandall-Cordero Fellow, University of Connecticut, 2015-2021
  • W.E.B. Dubois Community College Faculty Fellow, University of Mass., Amherst, 2017-2020
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Connecticut, 2020
  • Wood/Raith Gender Identity Living Trust Fellowship, 2020
  • Fulbright Scholar, Concordia University, 2013-2014
  • Fulbright Visiting Scholars Grant, spring 2014
  • Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, Aug. 2010-Feb. 1, 2011



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