Department of Sociology
Dr. Newton-Francis is a cultural sociologist whose research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of the production and reception of popular culture, work and labor, and body and embodiment.
An article she co-authored with Dr. Gay Young (titled “Not Winging it at Hooters: Conventions for Producing a Cultural Object of Sexual Fantasy”) is a revise and resubmit with the journal Poetics. This past year she collaborated with Dr. Salvador Vidal-Ortiz to study Hooters in Colombia, South America and a co-authored a chapter: ¡Más que un Bocado! (More Than a Mouthful): Comparing Hooters in the U.S. and Colombia, is forthcoming.
From 2010-2012 she served as council member and chair of the graduate best paper award for the section on the Sociology of Body and Embodiment with the American Sociological Association. She has also been a member of the editorial board of Teaching Sociology. In the department of sociology, she chairs the communications committee and has served on the special events, undergraduate, and graduate committees.
She has worked as an applied sociologist on several federally funded programs by the U.S. Department of Justice and as a research fellow for the Defense Manpower Data Center. Additionally, she has served as consultant to numerous four-year academic institutions on online learning and accelerated degree completion programs. At AU, she has designed and taught two online courses (the first in the department).
Dr. Newton-Francis regularly teaches U.S. Society and courses on social problems and social research. The fall 2013 is her third year teaching U.S. Society in the University College program.
DegreesPhD, Sociology, American University
MA, Applied Sociology, Old Dominion University
BS, Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University
- CAS - Sociology
- Battelle Tompkins - T-16
- Mondays 1-5 p.m.
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Partnerships & Affiliations
American Sociological Association
Member since 1995
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Core Research Areas: Popular Culture; Deviance (with emphasis on stigma); Sociology of Culture; Gender; Cultural Criminology
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
In 2008, Dr. Newton-Francis received the Women’s Leadership Award from the Appalachian College Association for her dissertation work.
Dr. Newton-Francis was also appointed a John B. Stephenson Dissertation Fellow by the Appalachian College Association.
She was selected as a fellow for the Women’s Leadership Development Institute, sponsored by the CCCU in Washington, D.C., which seeks to advance women in leadership positions in higher education.
She was also a consortium fellow at the Defense Data Manpower Center in Washington, D.C. where she did data analysis for several projects related to the military.
Newton-Francis has several years of experience as a research associate. She recently served as a research associate on the Cops in Schools Training Program which is funded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing at the Department of Justice.
2009. “Yes, We Have Some Bananas: Politics and Development in the Eastern Caribbean.” (with Steve Hamilton) Contexts, 8: 52-57.
2009. “Criminal Justice Research and Practice: Diverse Voices from the Field.” By Susan L. Miller. Contemporary Sociology, 2: 236-237.
2008. “Adult Degree Completion Students’ Satisfaction with a College’s Support Services: Identifying Areas of Improvement.” (with Don Caudill) Global Education Journal, 3: 120-135.
2008. “Deviance and Race.” (with Steve Hamilton) Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society, Richard T. Schaefer, editor. Sage Publications.
Grants and Sponsored Research
Newton-Francis had the top-ranked proposal for the competitive John B. Stephenson Dissertation Fellowship by the Appalachian College Association.
As a PhD student at American University, she received Mellon Research Assistance Funds from CAS to support her dissertation research.
2009. "Producing an Explicitly Gendered Cultural Object: Women's Experiences of "Doing Hooters Girl" (with Gay Young). Paper accepted at the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA.
2006. “Using Popular Culture to Teach Introductory Sociology Concepts”. American Sociological Association, Montreal, Canada.
2004. "An Exploratory Study of Gender & the Process of Negotiating Academic Contracts”. Eastern Sociological Society, New York, NY.