Previous Education: Virginia Tech, M.S. in Sociology, 2019; Christopher Newport University, B.A. in Sociology, 2017
Courses Taught: SOC 3014: Gender Relations; SOC 2304: Individual in Society; CRIM 3414: Criminology
Research Interests: Masculinity, Violence, Incels, Male Extremism, Masculinity Threat
Bio: Maria N. Scaptura received her M.S. in sociology at Virginia Tech in 2019, where she is earning her doctorate. Her research interests are masculinity, gender, and crime. These areas converge in her thesis project, in which she examines the impact of masculinity on attitudes towards guns.
Awards/Honors: Graduate Student Poster Award through American Society of Criminology, Division of Women and Crime for “Masculinity Threat, Attitudes toward Guns and the Propensity for Aggression.” 2019.
Scaptura, Maria N. 2021. “Nice guys aren’t actually that nice': A Content Analysis of Former Incels of Reddit.” Paper presentation at the Annual Meetings of Southern Sociological Society.
Scaptura, Maria N. 2021. "Gender Expression, Criminal History and Fear of Victimization: A General Strain Theory Approach." Paper presentation at Virginia Tech Sociology Department’s Annual Symposium. Blacksburg, VA.
Scaptura, Maria N. 2019. “Plight of the Adolescent Male: Incel Identity, Masculinity Threat, and the Propensity for Violence and Misogyny.” Poster presentation at the Annual Meetings of Southern Sociological Society. Atlanta, GA.
Scaptura, Maria N. 2021. Review of Violent Manhood. Written by J.E. Sumerau. Men and Masculinities.
Scaptura, Maria N. 2019. “From Plantations to Presidency: A Historiography of Black Women’s Oppression Due to White Women’s Complacency” in Standpoints: Black Feminist Knowledges. Edited by Andrea N. Baldwin, Ashley V. Reichelmann, and Anthony Kwame Harrison. Virginia Tech Publishing. https://doi.org/10.21061/standpoints.
Scaptura, Maria N. and Kaitlin M. Boyle. 2020. “Masculinity Threat, ‘Incel’ Traits, and Violent Fantasies Among Heterosexual Men in the United States.” Feminist Criminology 15(3), 278–298. https://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/N9K2MSDIFCNKNYMDZEJC/full.
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=1oP2QQkAAAAJ&hl=en&authuser=1