Joey Jennings is a fifth-year Sociology Doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland-College Park. He continues to show his commitment to excellence and expertise in forwarding conversations about marginalized persons through critical research that assesses the interactive experiences imposed upon individuals and communities. His past research critically investigates conversations about race, colorism, intersectionality, and resistance. Further, he possesses insightful knowledge of the lasting legacy of historical institutions (e.g. U.S. slavery). He conducts his research with a comprehension of critical theories, mixed-method research, and timely project management. These projects are then enhanced by his statistical/software proficiencies in STATA, SAS, ArcGIS, R/R-Studio, Atlas.TI, and Microsoft Office. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, he also demonstrates a familiarity with designing proposals to acquire research funding. Finally, he employs his personal experiences as a critically informing lens for his scholarship. He firmly believes that his expertise, adaptability, and personal experiences equip him to positively contribute towards an end goal seeking true equity for all persons.

Joey is also a Part-Time Instructor at George Washington University, where he teaches a course on Race and Minority Relations. He is a former NCAA Division-1 Track and Field athlete and a graduate of Winthrop University.


Areas of Interest

  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Colorism
  • Intersectionality
  • Resistance
  • Social Inequality
  • Sociology of Sport
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  • B.A.
    Winthrop University: Sociology Major with Spanish Minor
  • M.A.
    University of Maryland, College Park: Sociology


  • 2019-04-01
    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program award winner


  • Joey Jennings; Research Mentor: Maria Aysa-Lastra “Race Relations and Police Brutality” Southern Sociological Society, Annual Meeting (New Orleans, LA).
  • Joey Jennings; Research Mentor: Maria Aysa-Lastra “Race Relations and Police Brutality” Winthrop University College of Arts and Science Academic Showcase (Rock Hill, SC).
  • Joey Jennings, Letisha Brown, Stephanie Jones, Danielle Koonce, and Rod Martinez “Black Activism and Resistance within Racialized Organizations” The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Annual Meeting (Virginia Beach, VA).
  • Joey Jennings; Research Mentor: Maria Aysa-Lastra “Race Relations and Police Brutality” Eastern Sociological Society, Annual Meeting (Philadelphia, PA).
  • Jennings, Joey. “Color-Coding: A Finer Look at Colorism Processes during Colonial [U.S.] Slavery” an empirical chapter from my upcoming dissertation. Association of Black Sociologists, Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL).
  • Joey Jennings “Run! Enslaved Resistance, Gender, and Colorism as Seen through Runaway Slave Advertisements” Eastern Sociological Society, Annual Meeting (Baltimore, MD).
GSF Co-President, 2021-2022
Deans Graduate Student Advisory Council (DGSAC) Sociology Co-Chair, 2020-2021
Pictured: Joey Jennings
Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building
Department of Sociology
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