Sociology and Criminology




Dr. Jill Waity | Bear Hall 120 910-962-3660 |

Ph.D. Indiana University Bloomington, Sociology

M.A. Indiana University Bloomington, Sociology

B.A. Washington and Lee University, Sociology and Anthropology

I entered college as a history major with plans on going to law school and working in legal aid. After taking introduction to sociology as a first year, I was inspired to pursue sociology as a major instead. Coupled with the poverty courses I took, my sociology courses transformed the way I understood society and the inequalities that were present in it. After working for a non-profit in Baltimore, I decided that I wanted to research and teach about issues related to poverty and inequality, which led me to earn my Ph.D. My research and teaching has a focus on public sociology, which combines my early career goals of working with communities to my current work of researching social problems that impact these communities.

Specialty Areas

  • Poverty
  • Stratification and Inequality
  • Community
  • Policy
  • Public Sociology
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Courses Taught


  • The Community SOC:485
  • Public Sociology Seminar SOC:390
  • Practicum in Public Sociology SOC:496
  • Modern Social Problems 215
  • Sociology of Poverty SOC:460


  • Public Sociology Seminar SOC:508

Current Research Interests

  • Spatial Inequalities in Food Insecurity and Access to Food Assistance
  • Rural-urban Differences in Program Participation
Professional Associations
  • American Sociological Association
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • Southern Sociological Society