Joanna Cardenas is a first-generation student from South Central Los Angeles, California. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with honors and received a B.A. in African American Studies and Legal Studies. Her current research interest lies at the nexus of critical carceral studies, urban ethnography, and Black feminist thought, with an emphasis on the intersection of race, class, and gender. She is particularly interested in how carceral systems impact Black and Latinx women in inner-city neighborhoods through surveillance and other policing practices.