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Shaneda Destine is American Sociological Association Minority Pre-Doctoral Fellow for 2015-2016

Shaneda Destine
Shaneda Destine

Shaneda Destine has been chosen as the American Sociological Association Minority Pre-Doctoral Fellow for 2015-2016. She is one of six individuals across the nation to receive this prestigious award, out of 150 applicants. Shaneda previously served as the 2014-2015 Fiscal Coordinator of the Graduate School Council.

She has also been voted graduate student of the year by the Graduate Student Association (GSA). Prior to her matriculation at Howard University, Shaneda received her baccalaureate degree in sociology with a minor in public policy from SUNY Old Westbury. She earned the Master's Degree in Applied Social Research from CUNY Queens College.

Shaneda is currently a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, with a dual concentration in Social Inequality and Medical Sociology. She is also a graduate assistant for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology for the 2015-2016 school year and a member of various professional organizations, including Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociological Honor Society, Social Policy Committee of the Association of Black Sociologists, American Sociological Association, Southern Sociological Society, DC Sociological Society, Research for Minority Professors, and the Preparing Future Faculty Program at Howard University.

Shaneda is interested in evaluating race, gender, class, and sexuality, while uniting pedagogy with popular education. She has presented research and published work on the health, human rights, and lived experiences of black LGBTQ persons in the United States and abroad. Additionally, she has added to the discourse on current state violence against black and brown working-class people in the United States. Her current research evaluates the anxiety and trauma faced by these underserved communities prior to and after state violence.

Shaneda's work can be found in two forthcoming publications: first, an auto-ethnography in an anthology titled "Outside the XY: Queer, Brown Masculinity," and second, a review of "Young and Gay: Jamaica's Gully Queens" in Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Science.

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