Deonté Hughes is a PhD student in the Sociology Department. Deonté’s research interests include Black families, stress, resilience, policy, race, inequality, and familial relationships. Deonté’s primary research centers on Black families, what stressors or stressful events they experience, how Black families respond to that stress, what resources they use or do not use, and how policies and laws affect how Black families experience and respond to those stressors. 


Prior to UMD, Deonté received his Bachelor’s of Art in Sociology with a concentration in family studies from Longwood University and his Master’s of Art in Sociology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While attending UTK, Deonté’s research focused on how economic stress and family strengths influence the quality of mother-child relationships in Black families. 


Areas of Interest

  • Gender, Work, and Family
  • Black Families
  • Stress & Resilience
  • Policy
  • Race & Racism
  • Inequality
  • Familial Relationships


  • BA
    Sociology- Concentration in Family Studies, Longwood University, Farmville VA
  • MA
    Sociology, University of Tennessee- Knoxville, Knoxville TN


  • AY 2022-23 Flagship Fellowship
  • 2022 Dean's Fellowship


  • 2021 Mid-South Sociological Association
Deonte Hughes
Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building
Department of Sociology
Dhughes9 [at]