Welcome!

My name is Victoria Copeland and I’m a doctoral candidate at the University of Los Angeles—California and policy analyst at Upturn. Prior to starting my doctoral studies I received a B.A. in Psychology from UNLV, and my MSW from UCLA.

Utilizing research to shift policy and to build community is extremely important to me. My research questions revolve around the use of multi-system data infrastructures, predictive analytics, and surveillance in decision-making processes. Additionally, I am interested in alternate world making, exploring how alternative modalities of care can be used to address harm. Black Feminist thought, abolitionist praxis, and critical technology studies are central to framing my research inquiry.

As someone simultaneously rooted in academia and activism, prioritizing community remains a critical part of my work. I work closely with community-based organizations in Los Angeles County and am a member of the Cops Off Campus Coalition and Let’s Get Free LA Coalition. Additionally I partner with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and Los Angeles Community Action Network/Downtown Women’s Action Coalition regularly.


I provide a range of consulting and services including: empirical and policy research & writing, qualitative research design, mentoring, teaching, and public speaking engagements. Please visit my contact page for any inquiries.