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Monica Ramsy

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Monica (she/they) is a sociology doctoral candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests focus on the sociology of law, gender, and carcerality. Through ethnographic research, she seeks to examine how the implementation of U.S. restorative and transformative justice responses to gender-based violence intersects with race, gender, and disability.  

Prior to matriculating to UCLA, Monica received their J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. In law school, Monica worked for the California Asylum Representation Clinic, the East Bay Community Law Center, the UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender, the ACLU of Southern California, and Public Counsel. Monica received her B.A. in Gender Studies from the University of Southern California and, after graduating, worked as a sexual health educator for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles.

Following law school, Monica served as a two-year legal fellow in the immigrants’ rights program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, focusing on cases challenging the detention and deportation of Southeast Asian and other immigrant communities targeted for policing and immigration enforcement. 

Outside of her doctoral work, Monica enjoys spending time with her cats, exploring LA’s foodscapes,  hiking, and tending to her plants.


Fields of Study

Sociology of law; gender and sexuality; social movements; ethnography; carcerality; race and ethnicity 



Monica Ramsy, Heroizing Restorative Justice: Steven Universe and Rewriting Justice Narratives through Superhero Cartoons, 11 Calif. L. Rev. Online 417 (Oct. 2020),

Monica Ramsy, Beyond the U-Visa and Carceral Feminist “Crimmigration”: Transforming the VAWA Self-Petition to Remedy Sexual Violence in Immigration Detention, 45 N.Y.U. Review of Law and Social Change (2021),

Monica Ramsy et al., Testimony of Berkeley Law Delegation to Tijuana, Mexico, December 2018-January 2019, 29 Berkeley La Raza Law Journal 2109 (2019),

Smith, Stacy, Marc Choueiti and Katherine Pieper. 2014. Race/Ethnicity in 600 Popular Films: Examining On Screen Portrayals and Behind the Camera Diversity. Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative. Los Angeles, CA.

Smith, Stacy, Marc Choueiti and Katherine Pieper. 2014. Gender Inequality in Film: Examining On-Screen Portrayals and Behind-the-Scenes Employment Patterns in Motion Pictures Released between 2007-2013. Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative. Los Angeles, CA.

Grants and Awards

- Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, 2021 – 2025 

- Susan Kellogg in the Sociology of Gender Award, 2021 – 2022

- Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California Law Foundation Fellowship, 2020 – 2021 

- Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellowship, 2019 – 2020

- Francine Diaz Memorial Award, 2019 – 2020

- Equal Justice America Legal Services Fellowship, 2018 

- American Jurisprudence Award (Race, Sexuality and the Law with Professor Russell Robinson), 2018

- Prosser Prize (Crimmigration with Professor Leti Volpp), 2018

- Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant, 2017

- University of Southern California Dean’s List, 2011 – 2014

- Undergraduate Research Associates Program Scholar, 2014

- University of Southern California Renaissance Honors Award, 2014

- Harnisch Foundation Scholar, 2014

Conference Presentations

- Invited Panelist, Immigration Law Panel - Student Immigration Relief Clinic, UC Berkeley, March 2021

- Invited Panelist, Demystifying the United States’ Role at the Border, UC Berkeley Law, February 2019

- Conference Organizer, #MeToo: One Year Later with Roxane Gay, UC Berkeley, January 2019

- Invited Panelist, #MeToo? Questioning the Legal Community’s Response to the Movement, UC Berkeley Law, April 2018

- Invited Panelist, Dis-Oriented: A Critical Screening and Panel Discussion, UC Berkeley Law, February 2018

- Moderator, Reproductive Justice Without Borders, UC Berkeley Law, October 2017


Dr. Cecilia Menjívar


J.D. - University of California, Berkeley, 2019 (Thelton E. Henderson Center Public Interest and Social Justice Certificate)

B.A., Gender Studies - University of Southern California, 2014 (summa cum laude)