Crystal Marie Fleming is a writer, public intellectual and social scientist whose interdisciplinary interests span the fields of sociology, Black Studies and critical race theory. She earned degrees in Sociology and French at Wellesley College (2004), where she graduated magna cum laude and completed a senior honors thesis on black spoken word artists. She completed her M.A. (2007) and Ph.D. (2011) in Sociology at Harvard University where she taught sociological theory and qualitative data analysis. Crystal was also a Graduate Prize Fellow with affiliations at the Center for European Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. At Harvard, she won the Derek Bok Award for excellence in teaching and was elected president of the Graduate Student Council for Ph.D. students. During her tenure as president, she initiated and co-organized Harvard’s first ever university-wide Day of Service.