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Megan Comfort

Senior Fellow


PhD, Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science
MSc, Criminology, London School of Economics and Political Science
BA, Black Studies, Wellesley College


Megan Comfort currently serves as a senior fellow with RTI's Transformative Research Unity for Equity (TRUE). She and Monica Sheppard are the Co-Directors of TRUE’s Emerging Equity Scholars (EES) program, which provides holistic mentorship that supports people's wellbeing in addition to their professional goals.

Dr. Comfort is committed to conducting research that centers equity and social justice. She has expertise in ethnography and in-depth interviewing, as well as conducting research with populations that are systemically marginalized such as people who are unhoused, who use drugs, or who are involved with the criminal legal system. She also has experience applying a racial equity lens to studies of criminal legal system processes and change. In her work, she prioritizes collaborating with community partners to produce actionable and meaningful research findings.

Dr. Comfort is an Adjunct Assistant Professor the University of California, San Francisco in the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. She is honored to serve as an Advisory Board member for UnCommon Law and as a member for the Essie Justice Group Advisory Council.

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