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Sonya Grier

Professor Department of Marketing

Professor Grier conducts interdisciplinary research on topics related to target marketing, race in the marketplace, the social impact of commercial marketing, and social marketing. Her current research investigates the relationship between marketing activities, and consumer health, with a focus on obesity. She has published her research in leading marketing, psychology health and health policy journals. Professor Grier has policy experience based on two years at the Federal Trade Commission, and also has practical industry experience in Market Research, Brand Management and Marketing consulting. She is currently the Director of food marketing research for the African American Obesity Research Collaborative Network (AACORN). She also serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine Food forum. She previously served as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Marketing, and on the Advisory Boards for Transformative Consumer Research (TCR), the Villanova Center for Marketing and Public Policy and the Ph.D. Project.


She received her Ph.D. in Marketing, with a minor in Social Psychology, from Northwestern University and also has an MBA from Northwestern University, with an emphasis on marketing, non-profit mgmt and international business.

KSB - Marketing
Kogod - 27
Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Contact Info
(202) 885-1971

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  • Spring 2018

    • KSB-630 Business Capitals Immersion: Chicago, IL
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Kogod Now, Fall 2011. "Eat Your Heart Out: Targeted Marketing and Consumer Disclosures." View article

AU Expert

Area of Expertise:

Advertising and integrated marketing communication; target marketing; race and ethnicity in the marketplace; gentrification; social marketing the marketing and advertising of consumer health, marketing and eating behaviors

Additional Information:

Sonya Grier's research converges on topics related to the influence of social context on consumers and the social impact of marketing efforts. Some of her current research investigates target marketing, the relationship between marketing efforts, both corporate and social, and consumer health-related attitudes and behaviors, particularly obesity. She is also examining the role of marketing in addressing health disparities.

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