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Jariah Strozier

Jariah Strozier, Instructor

Jariah Strozier, Instructor
Jariah Strozier, Instructor

Department of  Sociology
521 McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Jariah Strozier received her Ph.D. at Virginia Polytechnic and State University in the department of Sociology. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She has worked and advocated for vulnerable populations and communities in relation to public health concerns and social justice issues: children in rural communities such as the Dan River Region (Pediatric Obesity Prevention program) and Montgomery County Virginia, families and women in Martinsville, Virginia, and minority communities with managing type 2 diabetes across the state of Virginia. She has worked for the Center for Public Health Practice and Research at Virginia Tech on various projects addressing population health concerns in the community. She was the Needs Assessment Coordinator for the Pulaski Farm to School Program grant in 2015, WIC outreach worker for the New River Valley Health Department in Christiansburg, Virginia, and created best practice documents for the Farm to School program and the Family Wellness Initiative in Martinsville.

Her research centers in Black feminisms, medical sociology, health education, and public health. Her research utilizes Black Feminisms and medical sociology to examine the intersections of gender, race, and weight. Her contribution to the literature and world of Black feminisms and medical sociology is coining the terms 'Crooked Room of Medicine' (CRoM), Thick Studies, the Gender Race Weight Matrix, and the Embodiment of (generational) heaviness.

  • Medical Sociology
  • Black Feminisms
  • Thick Studies
  • Embodiment
  • Healing
  • 2022 Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology, Virginia Tech
  • 2015 Master of Public Health - Concentration in Health Education School of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech 
  • 2013 Bachelor of Science - Family and Consumer Science Concentration in Dietetics, Agriculture and Business Economics Minor, Virginia State University 
  • Forthcoming Book Chapters:      Strozier, Jariah. A Black Feminist’s Critique of the Crooked Room of Medicine (CRoM): Introduction to Thick Studies. In Brantuo, Nana. A. Y., and Baldwin, Andrea N. Black Feminists Theorizing Toward Futurity. Blacksburg: Virginia Tech Publishing.

Invited Lectures: 

  • 2022 - Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; Diversity Inclusion and Belonging Series  
  • 2022 - Virginia Tech’s Making All Black Lives Matter Course: Black Bodies and Racialized Medical Technologies
  • 2021 - Gen(der) Ed Podcast - Black History Month: Stories of Black Joy and Achievement