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Rima Brusi

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Rima Brusi is an educator, writer, researcher, and advocate specializing in 1)the use of applied anthropology and mixed research methods to study and improve policy and practice in public K-12 and higher education systems, 2) access to higher education for low-income, first-generation, and underserved or underrepresented students, and 3) public education, colonialism, disaster capitalism and displacement in Puerto Rico. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez and master’s and doctoral degrees in anthropology from Cornell University.  Currently, she is a professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University.  Previously, she was a Distinguished Lecturer at CUNY-Lehman College; scholar-in-residence at CUNY’s Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies; applied anthropologist and writer at The Education Trust in Washington D.C.; and Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, where she also founded and directed the Center for University Access, a research and educational justice initiative that has expanded to six campuses in the system. Rima also writes literary non-fiction and is the author of 4 books in this genre.





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