UMass Boston

Dakota Roundtree-Swain

Associate Lecturer

Areas of Expertise

Race, Identity, Intersectionality, LGBTQIA2+ Studies, Child Welfare, Family Sociology, Qualitative Research Methods, Indigenous Studies, De-colonized Pedagogy, Indigenous Research Methods, Political Sociology, Social Movements, and Emancipatory Education


ABD, Brandeis University
MA, Brandeis University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

View Professor Roudtree-Swain's Curriculum Vitae

Dakota Roundtree-Swain (they/them) is from Brockton, MA. Deeply rooted in justice and equity, Dakota is dedicated to making sure that DEI is first, not virtue-signaling as a means of meeting the times, but entrenched in every single part of program development, implementation, evaluation, and institutional culture and climate. And secondly, with both DEI and their praxis more broadly, Dakota has proven through their entire professional life and research that they will not do any work that impacts historically oppressed populations without putting people from those communities at the forefront of those conversations in a participatory action framework.

From running the community outreach strategies and field strategy for Rachael Rollins in 2018 and then managing an entire congressional campaign, to teaching about complex issues of race, class, and gender with relevant materials to wide audiences with differing levels of knowledge and political leanings, Dakota believes that education can be emancipatory and provide a clarity that creates social consciousness. 

Dakota graduated with their B.A. from Emmanuel College in 2016 with a double major in English and Sociology (with a concentration in Human Services) and a minor in Gender Studies; they received their Masters of Social Policy from Brandeis University in 2020. They completed their Ph.D. (ABD) in Social Policy at the Heller School at Brandeis University with a concentration in children, youth, and families in 2021. Their work involves racial disproportionality in foster care, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and systems change more broadly.