Dr. Carla D. Brailey

Title: Professor of Sociology
Company: Texas Southern University
Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Carla Brailey, Professor of Sociology at Texas Southern University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in sociological and urban studies.

Following obtaining a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and police science from Texas State University in 1994, Dr. Brailey followed with a Master of Arts in counseling psychology from Howard University in Washington in 1997. She later continued her education with a Master of Divinity in religious studies in 2006 and a Doctor of Philosophy in sociology with a focus in social inequality and urban studies in 2007 from Howard University.

Dr. Brailey began her academic career as a primary, secondary, and postsecondary grade levels schoolteacher and as executive director of the Children Bettering America School of Arts from 1998 to 2000 and as assistant principal with the Harmony Science Academy in Houston from 2000 to 2001. She excelled as an adjunct professor in the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University from 2004 to 2008, and concurrently as a director and cabinet member in the executive office of Washington Mayor Adrian M. Fenty from 2007 to 2009. In addition, Dr. Brailey prospered as a guest lecturer in various Institutions of higher education from 2002 to 2009.

Dr. Brailey flourished as an assistant professor in the School of Human Services at Springfield College in Massachusetts from 2010 to 2014 and a visiting professor with Texas Southern University (TSU) from 2010 to 2016, where she has found much success as an assistant professor since the latter year, where her specialties include social inequality and urban studies with special emphasis on the study of race, class, and gender as systemic forms of inequality.

Aside from her educational efforts, Dr. Brailey has been a committed public servant leader. She was elected as the Vice-Chair of the Texas Democratic Party in 2018, served also as the Co-Chair of the Interfaith Council for the Democratic National Committee from 2019 through 2021 and served as the Senior Advisor for the 2020 Michael Bloomberg for President Campaign of Texas. In 2021, she was the first Black female Democrat and candidate to run for Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

Dr. Brailey’s many professional honors include TSU’s Presidential Culture Award, the Barbara Jordan Leadership Award from the Texas Black Legislative Caucus, Pillar of the Community Award given at the HESP Union 6315 33rd Black History Luncheon and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Online Learning Summit at TSU. 

Dr. Brailey attributes her success to a solid foundation with her family, who did everything they could to provide her with opportunities, from moving from a very small rural town in Abbeville, Louisiana, to the big city of Houston. As a career highlight, she is most proud of her ability to be a mother to her 13-year-old brilliant and beautiful daughter. Other achievements include serving in the following capacities: Assistant Professor of Sociology at Texas Southern University specializing in areas of social inequality, social justice and urban studies; Vice Chair of the Texas Democratic Party; Co-Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Interfaith Council. In the coming years, she envisions being able to serve women in an expansive capacity in creating a foundation, Justice for Girls, that exposes girls to occupations related to the judicial system. Dr. Brailey also intends to author her first book and expand her speaking and facilitating opportunities.

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