Kristen Clayton

Oglethorpe Faculty

Kristen Clayton

Assistant Professor of Sociology Office: Hearst 315
Phone: 404-504-1230

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Georgia
M.A., Sociology, University of Georgia
B.A., Sociology, Emory University

Kristen Clayton is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Georgia in 2018. Her research primarily explores identity and inequality within higher education. Her past research has explored biracial students’ processes of racial identity development and identity management, college students’ interpretations of unwanted sexual contact, and inequality within academic careers. She is currently working on two projects. One study uses qualitative methods to explore Black student, faculty, and staff perceptions of their university’s response to racial injustice. The other uses an experimental design to explore whether the framing of the pandemic as a threat from Asia affects relations between Black, White, and Asian Americans.

Kristen Clayton – CV

Areas of Research and Interests:

  • Racial and ethnic minorities
  • Race, class, and gender identity and the life course
  • Sociology of education
  • Social psychology
  • Qualitative methods

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Survey of Research Methods
  • Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • The Sociology of African American Experiences
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Elites and Inequality
  • Human Nature and the Social Order