Callie Watkins Liu, PhD

Profile photo of Callie watkins liu, she has short black curly hair, a red beaded necklace and a big smile
Director of JEDI Curriculum, Pedagogy and Faculty Support
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Office

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Dr. Callie Watkins Liu is an intersectional and critical race scholar-activist, dedicated to research and collaborations that prioritize social justice and center the socially vulnerable. Her expertise in social movements, social policy, urban planning, global development (especially Latin America and Africa), conflict resolution and social psychology equip her to navigate between theory and lived experiences; understand social problems, and identify interventions. Dr. Watkins Liu’s work challenges power inequities and supports social justice oriented systems, structures and practices.

Dr. Watkins Liu has been active in Boston in varying capacities over the past 20 years, including community engagement and consensus building in international and Boston based community organizations. The core of her community engagement focuses on: organizational dynamics, racial justice, housing justice, social movement building, community organizing and community building. She has held Professor, teaching, lecture, consulting and mentorship positions within higher ed, social justice, race and anti-oppression spheres.




PhD, Assets and Inequalities concentration, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
MA, Social Policy, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
MRP, City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
AB, Psychology and Romance Languages and Literature (Spanish) with Language Citation in Portuguese, Harvard College, Harvard University




Watkins Liu, C. (July 10, 2019). Where Blackness and Cape Verdeanness Intersect: Reflections on a Monoracial and Multiethnic Reality in the United States. Journal of Cape Verdean Studies, 4(1), 43-62.
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Watkins Liu, C. (blog article February 1, 2019). We Must Love Each Other and Support Each Other: Black Liberation, Black Lives Matter and the Radical Investment in Black Humanity. Article Link. National Center for Institutional Diversity – University of Michigan:

Watkins Liu, C. (December 4, 2017). The Anti-Oppressive Value of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality in Social Movement Study. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 4(3). DOI:

Santos, J.; Steele, R.; & Watkins Liu, C. (2017). The Consciousness raising classroom: Lessons in inequality and identity. In Kelty, R. and Bunder, B. (Eds.), Risk taking in higher education. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield.

Watkins Liu, C. (2016). Student activism, institutional amnesia and power: Lessons from the #fordhall2015 Brandeis student protests. EJournal Of Public Affairs, 5(2).