(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.

60

HOURS OF

COURSEWORK FOR

PHD

QUALIFYING EXAMS

IN TWO AREAS,

CHOSEN FROM 

FIFTEEN 

SPECIALTIES

2:1 

STUDENT-TO-

FACULTY RATIO

INTENSIVE 

RESEARCH

OPPORTUNITIES

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.

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

  • Criminology 
  • Human Rights
  • Medicine

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Research Interests

  • Ethnography
  • Popular Music 
  • Social Movements

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Research Interests

  • Criminal Justice 
  • Health Care
  • Social Policy

 

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Research Interests
  • Film history 
  • Appalachian Studies 
  • Social movements

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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 nmking@vt.edu or by phone at 540-231-8174.

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

Domestic Application

*Fall: August 1

International Application

*Fall: April 1

*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding: January 15

CONTACT US

Neal King

Director of Graduate Studies

642 McBryde Hall

540-231-8174

nmking@vt.edu

Tish Glosh

Graduate Coordinator

560 McBryde Hall

540-231-8972

glosht@vt.edu

Department of Sociology

560 McBryde Hall (0137)

225 Stanger Street

Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: 540-231-8971