Students in Sociology benefit from advanced training in research design and methods, as well as such areas as inequalities of gender, race, age, class, and sexuality; crime; culture; global political economy; and health.

Intensive Research Opportunities
12 credit hours for certificate
1:2 Faculty/Student ratio
2 research center
Faculty Research Interests

- Criminal Justice

- Discrimination

- Healthcare

- Labor

- Social Policy


- Film

- Music

- U.S. History

- Dance


- Race

- Inequality

- Identity

- Education


- Africana studies

- Criminology

- Human Rights

- Law

- Medicine


- Arts-based Research Practice

- Ethnography

- Popular Music

- Postcolonial Theory


- Appalachian Studies

- Cinema History

- Film

- Social Movements


- African & Western Metaphysics

- Globalization and African Traditional Knowledges

- Critique of Development and Aid Industries


Africana Studies Research Highlights

2014. "Indigenous European Justice and Other Indigenous Justices" in special issue on 'Indigenous Perspectives and Counter-Colonial Criminology', African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies, Vol.8, issue 1, pp 1-19. Special Issue partly in honor of 10th anniversary of my Counter-Colonial Criminology

Reed, W., Byrd, C., and Graves, E. “Class-Based Policies Are Not A Remedy for Racial Inequality.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Diversity in Academe, September 25, 2011, B36-37. 

"Aesthetic or Movement? Fascism, Italian Neorealism, and Social Activism through Film" (with Thomas Ratliff), in Shawn Bingham, ed. The Art of Social Critique: Painting Mirrors of Social LIfe. (Lexington, 2012)

"Boats and Ships," in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, edited by Hans-Josef Klauck, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, and Eric J. Ziolkowski. (Walter de Gruyter, 2011)

Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the Africana Studies Graduate Certificate should contact the program director, Neal King, by email at or by phone at 540-231-8174.

Visit our office at 560 McBryde Hall, 225 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061


Fall: August 1

Spring: January 1


Contact Us

Neal King

Director of Graduate Studies
642 McBryde Hall

Tish Glosh

Graduate Coordinator
560 McBryde Hall

Department of Sociology
560 McBryde Hall (0137)
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-8971