Chriss V. Sneed

M.A, 2016, Sociology, University of Connecticut
B.A., 2014, Sociology, St. John’s University

Research Interests:

Race & Ethnicity | Sexualities | Sex & Gender | Inequality: Intersectionalities | Black Diaspora Studies | Social Theory | Qualitative Methods

Chriss Sneed is a ​Ph.D. Candidate at University of Connecticut. In the dissertation tentatively named “Queer Passages and the Assemblages of Blackness,” Chriss examines how Black identity is constructed, negotiated, and utilized by Black/Afro-descendant activists in the United States and Brazil. The research pays particular attention to activists who are also gender and sexual minorities – those identifying as women or LGBTQ folks – involved in racial justice organizing across the Americas and these two nations specifically. As the recipient of a 2019-2020 J. William Fulbright Award, Chriss will use the nine-month grant period to finish collecting data for this project.

Chriss spent the 2018-2019 academic year working on their dissertation and other manuscripts-in-progress as a visiting Research Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center. In the past, Chriss served as Student Representative of Sociologists for Women in Society, Visiting Instructor of African American Studies at Wesleyan University, Visiting Scholar & Adjunct at St. John’s University, and as an intern for the Trans Justice Funding Project.Outside of these activities, Chriss is the founder and co-organizer of the interdisciplinary conference “Borderlands: A Critical Graduate Symposium” held each year at University of Connecticut.

Shoulder-up photo of Sneed, dressed in a blue suite jacket
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