Danielle Koonce

Doctoral Student

Raised in eastern, North Carolina, I strive to take some of the rural south and leave it everywhere I go, nationally and abroad...I am interested in Social Movements, Political Sociology, Race, and Inequality.  Prior to becoming a doctoral student at Maryland, I taught English courses at several institutions including East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, and William Peace University.  Along with teaching, I have an extensive background in communications management and technical writing for nonprofits and businesses. I enjoy thinking, travelling, reading, writing, blogging, and spending time with family.   

Areas of Interest:
  • Social Movements, Race, Inequality
Personal Website:
  • MA Sociology
  • MA English
  • BA English

Working on revising a social movement-centered research paper for publication entitled, "Identifying the Collective in Black Lives Matter", Working on revising a paper on state building entitled, "The Fragility of American Nationalism", Conducting qualitative research for 2nd year paper on protest participants in the Women's March, People's Climate March, and March for Science, and their perspectives on the leadership and leadership styles of the organizers of those respective movements.

Professional -   ICPSR Summer Program Participant, Summer 2017
  • Danielle Melvin Koonce
Email: dkoonce5@umd.edu