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 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. 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's primary research interests include issues of social justice, race relations, and racial identity. 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. Simone's second year paper will examine characterizations of the Black Lives Matter movement in news media. She plans to write her dissertation on racial socialization in interracial families and multiracial identity development.
In the department, Simone serves as the Social Co-Chair for the Graduate Student Forum, manages social media for the Critical Race Initiative, and is a member of the graduate student team that contributes to Contexts Magazine.
BASociology, Morgan State University, May 2014
MASociology, Morgan State University, May 2016