- PhD, Sociology, American University
MA, Applied Sociology, Old Dominion University
BS, Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University
Dr. Newton-Francis is a cultural sociologist and criminologist whose research focuses on questions related to deviance, stigma, gender, and work. She has worked as an applied sociologist for programs funded by the U.S. Department of Justice including the Cops in Schools and Safe Schools Training programs. Currently, she serves as a legislative fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives working on a wide range of issues related to homeland security, health and human services, and education. Specifically, she has worked on policy related to human capital resources and management of federal law enforcement, anti-racism in higher education, and regulation of synthetic drugs. In the department, she regularly teaches courses on qualitative research methods, structural inequalities, U.S. society, and senior seminar/capstone. In 2018, she was awarded the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Mentorship of Undergraduate Research. Currently, she serves as the faculty advisor and director of undergraduate studies in the department.