Africana Studies (Ph.D.)
(Ph.D. in Sociology)
Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus
Instructions: Residential/On Campus
We assess the economic, legal, educational, social, and moral status of people of African descent as well as Africans on the continent and throughout the Diaspora.
IN TWO AREAS,
Our Doctoral Program in Africana Studies
Areas of high expertise include: criminology (e.g., studies of racial profiling and indigenous justice), health (focus on racial disparities and mental health), arts and politics (studies of hip hop subcultures and Black women’s contributions to theater and radical activism).
Why Study Sociology Here?
In addition to providing students an interdisciplinary environment, we support the research of scholar-activists, who connect with communities in need and provide research that can help them to shape policies and solve problems.
What You'll Study
Students work with a large, interdisciplinary faculty that includes about 30 tenure-track professors with PhDs in sociology, anthropology, English, history, and foreign languages. Students can also study with professors and instructors from other departments on campus who are affiliated with our department.
Careers of Program Graduates
Our doctoral graduates have gone on to become professors of sociology and related fields in universities around the world, and to direct and coordinate social research in such organizations as the U.S. Census, the Mt. Sinai medical school, the University of Virginia’s Cancer Center, the California’s Department of Social Services.
Professional Development & Research Support/Opportunities
Students and faculty members apply for grants to support our department’s many collaborative research projects. For example:
- “Student Violence, School Disorder, and Dropping Out.” (funded by NIJ W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship) Dr. Anthony Peguero, and doctoral graduate Lindsay Kahle and doctoral student Stephanie Matos.
- Human Rights
- Popular Music
- Social Movements
- Criminal Justice
- Health Care
- Social Policy
- Film history
- Appalachian Studies
- Social movements
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)
Students interested in applying to the Sociology (Ph.D.) degree should contact the program director, Neal King, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 540-231-8174.
Visit our office at 560 McBryde Hall, 225 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061
*Fall: August 1
*Fall: April 1
*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding: January 15