Previous Education: Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, M.Div., 1998; Illinois State University, B.S. in Communications, 1984
Courses Taught: Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Race and Ethnicity, Race and Racism, Intro to African-American Studies, Qualitative Research Methods
Research Interests: Race and Racisms, Inequality, Race/Class Gender, Critical Race Theory, Qualitative Methods, Race and Religion, Whiteness Studies
Bio: I am an experienced college instructor in sociology and a PhD candidate in sociology at Virginia Tech, expecting to graduate Spring or Summer 2021. My dissertation is on the Southern Baptist Convention’s Race Relations Sunday initiative, looking at 1970-2000. I also write a blog at https://itsaboutracestupid.blogspot.com. I am a native of Illinois, and have a background in ministry.
Awards/Honors: Sociology Dept. graduate student grant for research software, 2020.
Jay and Patricia Edwards Scholarship recipient, Virginia Tech Dept. of Sociology, 2007-08.
Presentations: 2021 “A Cure for Original Sin? Southern Baptists and Race 1970-2000: A Study of a ‘Race Relations Sunday’ Institutional Initiative” to be presented at Southern Sociological Association Annual Meeting (virtual).
2016 Panel member, "United Against Racism" event, Radford U. Sch. of Social Work.
2010 “Institutional Racism and the Decline of Men’s Basketball at HBCUs.” 22nd annual Dept. of Sociology Graduate and Undergraduate Research Symposium, Virginia Tech.
2009 “The Blurred Boundaries of Whiteness.” 21st annual Dept. of Sociology Graduate and Undergraduate Research Symposium, Virginia Tech.
2008 “Southern Whites’ Reaction to Desegregation: The Neglected Rural Setting.” Southern Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Richmond, Va.
Social Media: https://itsaboutracestupid.blogspot.com/
Quote: "[Slavery] has been called by a great many names, and it will call itself by yet another name; ... [we] had better wait and see what new form this old monster will assume, in what new skin this old snake will come forth next." --Frederick Douglass, May 1865