Erin M Stephens

Erin M Stephens

Erin M Stephens

Adjunct Faculty

Sociology: social movements, race, gender & emotion

Erin Stephens is a Black feminist cultural sociologist who engages an intersectional analysis in her research on gender, labor and social movements.

Her dissertation used social media ethnography and network analysis to explore the online construction of cultural trauma in the Movement for Black Lives. She currently directs wellness and assessment for The Beautiful Project, an arts-based collective in North Carolina that uses photography, writing and care to advance the wellness and representational justice of Black women and girls. 

Current Research

Black girlhood, participatory visual research 

Selected Publications

Stephens, Erin M., Tuttle Joshua, and James C. Witte. 2017. “Interactions between Gender and Immigration in Wage Inequality among STEM Workers, 1980–2010.” in Gender in the Twenty-First Century: The Stalled Revolution and the Road to Equality edited by Shannon N. Davis, S. Winslow and D.J. Maume. Univ of California Press.

Stephens, Erin M. 2015. "UN Women: Holistic Global Advocacy to Address Violence against Women." in Women, War, and Violence: Topography, Resistance, and Hope [2 volumes]: 475.



Courses Taught

SOCI601 Proseminar in Public and Applied Sociology

SOCI101 Introduction to Sociology

SOCI120 Globalization and Society



Ph.D. in Sociology, George Mason University

Dissertation: Making #BlackLivesMatter: A Social Media Ethnography of Cultural Trauma


MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Graduate Certificate in International Development 


B.A. in Anthropology, Davidson College

Concentration in Ethnic Studies: Africana Track


In the Media

Beautiful Project Launches #DearBlackGirl Letter Writing Campaign