Simone Durham was born and raised in Sacramento, California, but has lived in Maryland since 2011. She obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Arts degrees in Sociology from Morgan State University, a Historically Black University (HBCU) in Baltimore.

Simone has worked in higher education both as an adjunct faculty member and an administrator. She has taught undergraduate courses at Morgan State University, Anne Arundel Community College, and University of Maryland. Courses she teaches include: Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Anthropology, Social Problems, Sociology of Race Relations, and Sociology of Sports. At Morgan, she served as the coordinator for the university financial literacy program and graduation cohort tracking initiative through the Office of Student Success and Retention.

Simone is a scholar of liminal and marginalized identities and their relation to societal structures and social inequality, particularly in relation to race. This agenda includes research interests related to issues of social justice, structural inequality, minority social movements, social psychology, reflected appraisals, meaning making, and identity. Currently, her work in these areas centers on Black Lives Matter, racial identity (including multiracial identity), media narratives, and racial projects. Her second year paper is an examination of racial projects taken on by polarized news media sources through coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement. Her dissertation will most likely examine the validity of narratives that consider increasing numbers of Multiracials to be a sign of decreasing racism or a post-racial society. She is also interested in the sociology of sports, and wrote her master's thesis on the role of team pregame rituals in athletics using a Durkheimian framework. 

In the department, Simone served as a 2018-2019 Social Co-Chair for the Graduate Student Forum, was a member of the 2019 Graduate Admissions Committee, is the 2019-2020 Graduate Student Representative on the Policy Committee, manages social media for the Critical Race Initiative, and is a member of the graduate student team that contributes to Contexts Magazine. Starting in Fall 2019, she will also serve as a Writing Fellow in the University of Maryland Graduate Writing Center.

Areas of Interest

  • Critical race theory, race, racism, and racial identity
  • Minority social movements
  • Social justice issues
  • Social psychology - identity, reflected appraisals, and meaning making processes
  • Sociology of sport

Degrees

  • MA
    Sociology, University of Maryland - College Park, May 2019
  • MA
    Sociology, Morgan State University, May 2016
  • BA
    Sociology, Morgan State University, May 2014
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Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, Room 1108
Department of Sociology
Email
sdurham3 [at] terpmail.umd.edu