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April Few-Demo

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April Few-Demo, Professor and Department Head
April Few-Demo, Professor and Department Head

Department of Human Development and Family Science
366A Wallace Hall
295 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-4794 |  alfew@vt.edu

April Few-Demo is a professor and head of the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech. Few-Demo holds a doctorate in child and family development from the University of Georgia, a master’s in international policy studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Georgia. 

Few-Demo has received many awards, including the Alexis Walker Award, Wiley Prize in Family Science in 2017. During that same year alone, she received the Alexis J. Walker Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Feminist Family Studies in the Feminism and Family Studies section from the National Council on Family Relations, the Sussman Award for Scholarly Contributions to Family Science at the Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, the Excellence in Advising Award in the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Virginia Tech Graduate School.

Accepting new grad students: Not presently; serves on student committees
In need of students for research team: Yes
Name of research team: Students can approach me with research interests; Intimate Partner Violence; LGBTQIA+ Family Issues; Intersectionality Family Theories

  • Feminism and Family studies
  • Hip Hop Influences on Adolescent Sexuality
  • Intimate Violence
  • Racial/Ethnic Identity
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Ph.D. University of Georgia
  • M.A. Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • B.A. University of Georgia
  • Journal of Family Issues, Associate Editorial Board Member
  • Family Relations, Editorial Board Member
  • Journal of Family Communication, Editorial Board Member
  • National Council on Family Relations, former Elections Council Chair
  • The Wiley Prize in Family Science, the Alexis Walker Award, Wiley Publishers [2017]
  • Alexis J. Walker Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Feminist Family Studies, Feminism and Family Studies section, National Council on Family Relations [2017]
  • Sussman Award for Scholarly Contributions to Family Science, Groves Conference on Marriage and Family [2017]
  • Excellence in Advising Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech [2017]
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, inaugural award recipient, The Graduate School, Virginia Tech [2017]

Journal Articles

Few-Demo, A. L., Humble, A., Curran, M. & Lloyd, S. (2016). Queer theory, intersectionality, and LGBT-parent families: Stretching and challenging family theories. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 8, 74-94. doi:10.1111/jftr.12127

Few-Demo, A. L. (2014). Intersectionality as the “new” critical approach in feminist family studies: Evolving racial/ethnic feminisms and critical race theories. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 6, 169-183. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12039

Few-Demo, A. L., Lloyd, S., & Allen, K. R. (2014). It's all about power: Integrating feminist family studies and family communication. Journal of Family Communication, 14, 85-94. doi: 10.1080/15267431.2013.864295

Few-Demo, A. L., & Arditti, J. A. (2013). Relational vulnerabilities of incarcerated and reentry mothers: Therapeutic implications. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 58(11):1297-1320. Advanced online publication. doi: 0306624X13495378

Book Chapters

Dolbin-MacNab, M. L., & Few-Demo, A. L. (in press). Grandfamilies in the United States: An intersectional analysis. In V. Timonen (Ed.). Grandparenting practices around the world. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Few-Demo, A. L., Moore, J., & Abdi, S.* (2017). Intersectionality: (Re)considering family communication from within the margins. In D. O. Braithwaite, E. Suter, & K. Floyd (Eds). Engaging theories in family communication (2nd ed., pp. 175-186). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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