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Michelle Newton-Francis

Assistant Professor Department of Sociology

Dr. Newton-Francis is a cultural sociologist whose research focuses on questions related to gender and work. She is interested in how organizations capitalize on gendered and sexualized bodies and how workers in these organizations internalize and reproduce the cultural, organizational, and interactional expectations about their bodies outside of the workplace. Additionally, she also focuses on how workers deal with stigma related to their working bodies. She has worked as an applied sociologist on several programs funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and as a legislative fellow. She has also researched and worked as a policy analyst on areas such as cops in schools, sexual assault in the military, and synthetic drugs. Currently, she serves as the undergraduate advisor for the department of sociology.


PhD, Sociology, American University
MA, Applied Sociology, Old Dominion University
BS, Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University

CAS - Sociology
Watkins - 100
Contact Info
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • American Sociological Association

    Member since 1995

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Core Research Areas: Popular Culture; Deviance (with emphasis on stigma); Sociology of Culture; Gender; Cultural Criminology



Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

In 2008, Dr. Newton-Francis received the Women’s Leadership Award from the Appalachian College Association for her dissertation work.

Dr. Newton-Francis was also appointed a John B. Stephenson Dissertation Fellow (Mellon) by the Appalachian College Association.




Selected Publications