Zainab Bakarr Kamara

Zainab Bakarr Kamara

Zainab Bakarr Kamara

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Graduate Research Assistant

Mental health/rehabilitation programs, victimization, victim services, state harm, and hate crimes against ethnic/racial groups and immigrants

Zain is a Sierra Leonean-American doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University entering her second-year in the Fall of 2022. She was born in Cologne, Germany and grew up in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Her research interests are vulnerable populations that interface with the criminal justice system. More specifically, mental health/rehabilitation programs, victimization, victim services, state harm, and hate crimes against ethnic/racial groups and immigrants.

Zain is a part-time Graduate Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Evan Marie Lowder at the Early Justice Strategies Lab where she researches criminal-legal decision-making and pretrial risk assessments and a part-time Graduate Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Jin Lee where she investigates various forms of cybercrime. In addition, she is a Policy Trainee with the Research-to-Policy Collaboration at the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University.

She earned her Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a concentration in Inclusive Conflict Engagement at George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution where her studies focused on power, inequality, and state harm. Additionally, she worked as a Research Assistant examining police officer training curriculum to improve officer responses to crisis situations to implement reform and accountability for the West Hartford Police. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from the Department of Psychology and the Lawrence Douglass Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University where she worked as a Research Assistant investigating the impact of violence and trauma on adolescent mental health and aggression within inner cities.

Zain has nearly a decade of experience providing mental health services to juvenile and adult clients with a history of trauma and substance use disorders in community, hospital, and school settings. She currently volunteers at Fairfax County Domestic & Sexual Violence Services.

During her free time, she enjoys traveling to see her family in England, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. She enjoys spending time with her dog Sophiaa and her cat Simeon. She loves trying new DIY home décor projects, hosting her friends, cooking new foods, and taking care of her plant collection.

Education

Ph.D., Criminology, Law and Society | George Mason University, (Anticipated 2026)

M.S., Conflict Analysis and Resolution | George Mason University, 2019

B.S., Psychology and Sociology | Virginia Commonwealth University, 2011

Recent Presentations

Lowder, E.M., Kamara, Z.B., Kent, A.R. “Pretrial Decision-making Matrices: Relative Weighting of Risk Level and Charge Severity.” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. (March 17, 2022)