Shaonta' Allen

Shaonta' Evelon Allen

Graduate Assistant, Yates Fellow and SREB Scholar

Professional Summary

Shaonta' is a PhD Candidate whose broad reserach interests include: Social Inequality, Religion, Social Movements, and Higher Education. More specifically, Shay studies how various institutions such as the Black Church, Pop-Culture/Sports, and Colleges/Universities impact the racialized experiences of Black Millennials.

A native of Seattle, WA, Shay received her B.A. from the University of Washington- Seattle in 2009 where she double majored in Sociology and American Ethnic Studies. In 2013, she earned her M.A. in Sociology and Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Middle Tennessee State University.

Her dissertation project examines how Christian faith impacts the social activism of Black millennials. Her forthcoming publications similarly investigagte how institutional context influence Black activism. 

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B.A., University of Washington Seattle, WA, 2009 (Sociology and American Ethnic Studies)

M.A., Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN, 2013 (Sociology)

Graduate Certificate, Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN, 2013 (Women and Gender Studies)

Positions and Work Experience

2011 -2013 Graduate Assistant, Middle Tennessee State University , Murfreesboro, TN

2015 -2018 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2018 - Managing Editor, Social Problems Journal, Cincinnati, OH

Research and Practice Interests

Race & Racism
Collective Behavior & Social Movements
Higher Education
Pop-Culture & Sport
Women and Gender Studies


Invited Presentations

Shaonta Allen, Joshua Inwood, Amelia Parker and Shannen Williams (2015. ) Black Politics and State Violence .University of Tennessee- Knoxville, Knoxville, TN.

Shaonta Allen, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Aldon Morris and Earl Wright II (2016. ) Black Lives Matter: The Continuing Significance of Race .Atlanta, GA.

Paper Presentations

Shaonta' Allen (2015. ) Elite or Oppressed? A Study of Variations in Inequality within the Black Greek Experience .Chicago, IL. Conference. Level:National

Shaonta' Allen (2014. ) Socio-Historical Contexts Surrounding Contemporary Stereotypes of Black Sororities .Nashville, TN. Conference. Level:National

Shaonta' Allen (2013. ) Stomping the Yard in Black and White: A Comparative Study of the Perceived Benefits of Black Greek Life at Historically Black and Predominantly White Institutions .Atlanta, GA. Conference. Level:Regional

Shaonta' Allen (2016. ) Going Greek and Making Friends: Impacts of Campus Racial Climate on Social Relationship Formation and Development .Chicago, IL. Conference. Level:Regional


Shaonta Allen (2014. ) My Sisters Keeper: Reflections on Black Sisterhood, Feminist Consciousness, and Sorority Life .Murfreesboro, TN.

Shaonta Allen (2013. ) Organizational Generalizations within Black Greek Life .Murfreesboro, TN.

Shaonta Allen (2011. ) Media as a Tool of the Generalized Other: An Application of Mead’s Theory .Murfreesboro, TN.

Honors and Awards

2015 -2017 Albert C. Yates Fellowship Recipient

2015 -2016 University of Cincinnati Graduate Dean's Excellence Scholarship

2011 -2013 Middle Tennessee State University Access and Diversity Fellowship Recipient

2005 -2009 University of Washington Costco Diversity Scholar

2005 -2009 Washington State College Success Foundation Achiever's Scholar

2015 -2020 Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholar

Professional Affiliation

2007: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

2011: American Sociological Association

2015: Association of Black Sociologists

2013: Sociologists for Women in Society

2014: Association for Talent Development

2013: Mid-South Sociological Association

2016: North-Central Sociological Association

2016: Southern Sociological Society

2016: Society for the Study of Social Problems

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology

Contemporary Social Problems

Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Media

Sociology of Sport

Race, Class, & Gender