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Veronica Newton Burke

Sociology, PhD Candidate

Veronica Newton Burke

Veronica A. Newton is PhD candidate and graduate instructor in the Department of Sociology with a minor in Black Studies.

Research Interests: Her two areas of research are (a) culture and identity and (b) social inequalities. In addition, she has conducted research related to the sociology of education, critical race feminism, and Black women in higher education. Veronica’s dissertation research examines how Black undergraduate women experience racialized gendered microaggressions at a historically, predominately white institution (HPWI).

Future Plans: Veronica would like to teach at a doctoral granting university or liberal arts college after her PhD is completed.

Campus Involvement: Association of Black Graduate and Professional Students (Social Chair) 2015-2016. In 2016, Veronica created Sociology Conversations, which is a forum held 2-3 times a semester in the Department of Sociology for undergraduates and sociology majors to discuss current social issues.

Awards: Ridgel Fellowship, Irma Mathes Dissertation Award Honorable Mention, Teaching and Research Award: Department of Sociology, Dr. Donald M. Suggs Dissertation Support Fellowship, James S. Rollins Slavery Atonement Endowment: Black Studies Department.

“Being an Ambassador is special to me because it means that I can engage with underrepresented students by sharing my knowledge and experiences of graduate school.  There are so many aspects of graduate school that are important that students of color might not know, so I am happy that I can share this information about graduate school with them.”