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Wornie Reed

Wornie Reed, Director, Race and Social Policy Research Center

Wornie Reed, Director, Race and Social Policy Research Center
Wornie Reed, Director, Race and Social Policy Research Center

Department of Sociology
562C McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-3496 | wornie@vt.edu

Dr. Wornie Reed, a professor of sociology and Africana Studies at Virginia Tech, is also director of the Race and Social Policy Research Center in the Department of Sociology. He teaches courses in health and medical care, criminal justice, and Africana Studies.

Previously, he was director of the Africana Studies Program at the University of Tennessee/Knoxville and was a professor of sociology and urban studies at Cleveland State University, where he also developed and directed the Urban Child Research Center.

Dr. Reed chaired the Department of Black Studies and developed and directed the William Monroe Trotter Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He also held positions at Morgan State University, Washington University (in the Department of Sociology and the School of Medicine), and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

In his career, Dr. Reed has produced seven books and numerous articles and research reports. A graduate of Alabama State University, he earned his masters and doctorate degrees in Sociology at Boston University. In addition to academia, he has worked in the federal government at the U.S. Bureau of the Census and in private industry with IBM Corporation.

Among the books he has written or edited are Racial Profiling: Causes and Consequences (with R. Dunn, 2011); Handbook of African American Health: Social and Behavior Interventions (with A.J. Lemelle and S. Taylor, 2011), Blacks in Tennessee, 2008; and African Americans: Essential Perspectives, 2003.

Professor Reed’s honors and awards include two Regional Emmys — received in 2000 and 2003 — for his work with Public Health Television, Inc., on the Urban Cancer Project, which produced television shows on cancer prevention aimed at African Americans.

  • Race 
  • Ethnic Health Disparities
  • Social Policy
  • Criminal Justice
  • PhD, Boston University
  • MA, Boston University
  • BS, Alabama State University
  • Director, Race and Social Policy Research Center, Virginia Tech
  • Africana Studies Program, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, former Director
  • Urban Child Research Center, Cleveland State University, former Director
  • The William Monroe Trotter Insitute, former Director
  • Institute for Urban Research, Morgan State University, former Director
  • Prostate Net Award (PHTV team), New York City (2005) 
  • Regional Television Emmy Award, Cleveland, Ohio (2003, 2000) 
  • National Headliners Award, 2nd Place for Public Service (PHTV team with WEWS TV) (2000)

Books

Racial Profiling: Causes and Consequences (with R. Dunn, 2011)

Handbook of African American Health: Social and Behavior Interventions (with A.J. Lemelle and S. Taylor, 2011)

Blacks in Tennessee, 2008

African Americans: Essential Perspectives, 2003

Reed, W.  and Byrd, C. The Continuing Cost of Labor Market Discrimination (forthcoming, Lexington Press)

Reed, W. Medical Care Choice Behavior of Medicare Beneficiaries (in press, Mellen Press)

  • Co-Principal Investigator, “Navigating Low-Income African Americans through Cancer Clinical Trials” (Funded by the National Cancer Institute, 2007-2008, $99,136)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, “Patient Navigator Video Training for Cancer in Low-Income African Americans” (Funded by the National Cancer Institute, 2006-2007, $99,643)
  • Co-Investigator, “Latino Faith-Based Cancer Outreach,” (Funded by the National Cancer Institute, 2004-2005, $138,723).