Dr. Carla D. Brailey is a native of Houston, Texas and currently teaches at Texas Southern University in the Department of Sociology. Her areas of specialization are in social inequality and urban studies with special emphasis on the study of race, class, and gender as systemic forms of inequality. Her courses continue to coincide with social inequality including social problems, social change and social movements, education, politics, religion and urban living. Previously a lecturer in the Afro-American Studies Department at Howard University and an adjunct professor at Prince George’s Community College, Dr. Brailey is passionate about equipping students with knowledge and critical thinking skills. She has taught primary, secondary, and postsecondary grade levels and served as an assistant principal at the Harmony Science Academy. She credits the Imani School for helping her embrace her passion for teaching.
Dr. Brailey is a 2007 Ph.D. graduate from Howard University, where she also completed a Master of Divinity and Women’s Studies Certificate from Howard University in 2007 and received a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology in 1997. She is a 1994 graduate of Texas State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Along with her academic accomplishments and endeavors, she has continuously provided public service leadership in Washington, D.C. and Houston, Texas. Currently, Carla participates in New Leaders Council (NLC), Houston Chapter; serves as the Chair of KeyPac and was recently selected for Leadership Houston’s Class XXXIV and appointed on the Advisory Council for Sankofa Institute. She served in the former Mayor Adrian Fenty’s Cabinet as the Executive Director of Community Affairs and Senior Advisor for Religious Affairs for the District of Columbia. Dr. Brailey engaged in problem-solving to address a myriad of issues presented by various constituent services’ offices (African Affairs; Women’s Policy & Initiatives; Youth Advisory Council; Ex-Offender Affairs; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Affairs; & Community Relations). Before promoted to initiate the Office of Community Affairs, she was appointed as the Director of the Office of Boards and Commissions. Similar to her public servant leadership and involvement in the District of Columbia, she served as the Coordinator of Social Services at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Brailey is prideful about being a socio-political scholar activist, mentor, and educator that uses critical, progressive pedagogical approaches to raise the consciousness, vision and strategy amongst students and the general public. Dr. Brailey is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Through all of her accomplishments, she is most proud of being a mother to her six year old daughter, Marley J.