Portrait of Brielle Bryan

Brielle Bryan

Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar


Brielle Bryan is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Rice University. Her research examines inequality and barriers to opportunity in the United States, with an emphasis on racial inequities and the role of the criminal justice system. Her current projects examine how incarceration and felony conviction shape housing, economic stability and interaction with the social safety net over the life course. She is a 2021 Russell Sage Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Pipeline Grantee.

Bryan’s prior work, honored by the American Sociological Association and the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), considered the intergenerational effects of incarceration by examining the social networks of adolescents with incarcerated fathers. Her research has been published in Social Forces, Demography, RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, Cityscape, and The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Bryan received her Ph.D. in sociology and social policy from Harvard University in 2018 and a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University in 2012.

Contact at briellebryan@rice.edu or 713-348-3460.