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
  • Food Access
  • Community
  • Policy
  • Public Sociology
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Courses Taught


  • Introduction to Sociology: SOC105
  • Modern Social Problems: SOC 215
  • Poverty Studies: SOC260
  • Methods of Social Research: SOC/CRM300
  • The Community: SOC485
  • Public Sociology/Criminology Seminar: SOC391
  • Practicum in Public Sociology/Criminology: SOC496


  • Sociology of Poverty: SOC590 
  • Special Topics: Community: SOC592
  • Teaching in Higher Education: SOC/CRM509  
  • Proseminar: SOC/CRM505
  • Directed independent studies in Public Sociology, Food Insecurity, and Sociology of Povert

Current Research Interests

  • College student food access
  • Applied learning effectiveness

Professional associations

  • American Sociological Association
  • Southern Sociological Society
  • Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology