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Lydia Hadley Dana

Graduate Student


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers or They/Them/Theirs


Building & Room:

4111 BSB


Previous Degrees:

B.A. English, Wheaton College, Norton, MA
M.A. Gender & Cultural Studies, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Research Interests:
Lydia Dana studies the intersections of carceral and healthcare systems under the rubric of police reform. This ethnographic and archival research focuses on collaborations between law enforcement, non-profit service providers, and private foundations. In addition to her individual scholarship, Dana is a member of the Policing in Chicago Research Group which produces research for the use of community organizers and campaigns against police violence in Chicago. Previously, she earned an MA in Gender and Cultural Studies while conducting advocacy for racial and gender justice as well as indigenous land and language rights.

MA titles:
"Serv/eillance: Cops, Queers, and Clinics in Segregated Chicago." 2020
"White Noise: How Mainstream Media Amplified then Drowned Out Black Political Protest." 2016


Muñiz, Michael De Anda, Janaé Bonsu, Lydia Dana, Sangeetha Ravichandran, Haley Volpintesta, and  Andy Clarno with Rodrigo Anzures, Rosi Carrasco, Tania Unzueta, and Rey Wences. 2020.  “From Graduate Practicum to Activist Research Collective: A Roundtable with Members of the Policing in Chicago Research Group and Our Community Partners.” Radical History Review 137 (May): 141-156.


Dana, Lydia. 2021. "Serv/eillance: Cops, Queers, and Clinics in Segregated Chicago." Social Problems.
David P. Street Master's Thesis Award 2020