Congratulations Dr. Gabrielle Smith Finnie (HIED Ph.D. ’24!)

HIED doctoral candidate Gabrielle Smith Finnie successfully defended her dissertation Friday, March 30. Her dissertation is titled, 3/5ths of Freedom: The Analysis Of {With} Black individuals in Higher Education & Navigating Society Post-Justice-Involvement. Dr. Smith Finnie’s dissertation committee included Dr. Felecia Commodore and Dr. Charles Mathies Co-Chairs, Dr. Laura Smithers, Dr. Royel M. Johnson, and Dr. Amanda Petersen.

Dr. Smith Finnie is a Workforce Policy Analyst at the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies. She earned her master’s degree at Florida International University, and her bachelor’s degree at the University of Delaware. She can be reached at or