Shaonta' Allen

Research Associate of Sociology
Academic Appointments

Mellon Faculty Fellow in Sociology
African and African American Studies Affiliate

Shaonta's research examines how Black individuals and groups perceive and respond to social inequality and how this resistance varies across social institutions. She specifically explores Black resistive practices within Religion, Higher Education, and Pop-Culture & Sport to theorize contemporary strategies for navigating racial and gendered hierarchies. Believing in the radical potential of sociology, Shay teaches and produces research with the goal of facilitating social change.

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Department(s): 
Sociology
Education: 
B.A. University of Washington
M.A. Middle Tennessee State University
Ph. D. University of Cincinnati

Selected Publications

Allen, Shaonta’. “The Black Feminist Roots of Scholar-Activism: Lessons from Ida B. Wells-Barnett” in Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis, edited by Zakiya Luna and Whitney Pirtle.

 Allen, Shaonta’ and Brittney Miles. “Unapologetic Blackness in Action: Embodied Resistance and Social Movement Scenes in Black Celebrity Activism.” Humanity & Society.

 Allen, Shaonta’, Ifeyinwa Davis, Maretta McDonald, and Candice Robinson. “New Directions in the Sociology of Black Millennials.” Sociological Perspectives.

 Allen, Shaonta’. “Doing Black Christianity: Reframing Black Church Scholarship.” Sociology Compass.

 Allen, Shaonta’. “Braids, Beads, Catsuits, and Tutus: Serena Williams’ Intersectional Resistance Through Fashion” in Athlete Activism: Contemporary Perspectives, edited by Rory Magrath.