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Charles Lea


Assistant Professor

Room: 312 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-5194

Current Curriculum Vitae

Personal Statement

Dr. Lea joined the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work in July 2019 as an Assistant Professor. His research and scholarship investigate the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, class, and gender in educational, correctional and neighborhood contexts, and the impact these issues have on the health and well-being of young Black men and boys at risk and involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The overarching aims of this work is to develop knowledge and build theory that informs policies, practices, and interventions that can promote resilience and healthy development among young Black men and boys’, as well as lessen their risk for health compromising behaviors, arrest, incarceration, and recidivism.

Dr. Lea’s research is informed by his practice experience with racial/ethnic minority youth and young adults in community, educational and correctional settings; prior research on prisoner reentry, school reform, and workforce and youth development; and training in qualitative methodology and community-based participatory research. Dr. Lea received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, MSW from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.


PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017 - Social Welfare

MSW, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2006 - Social Work

BA, University of California, Berkeley, 2004 - Sociology

Courses Taught

  • Confronting Oppression and Injustice 

Research Interests

  • Young Black Men and Boys
  • Urban Education
  • Reentry
  • Racial Equity
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Risk and Resilience
  • Behavioral Health
  • Qualitative Methodology
  • Youth and Community-Based Participatory Research