Chandra Ward teaches urban sociology and a number of other sociological topics. 

Her research is guided by the philosophy of helping to amplify traditionally marginalized voices.  This is evident in her research on public housing residents and her textbook, an intersectional introduction to sociology reader titled, Voices From the Margin: Fresh perspectives on an introduction to sociology.”  Professor Ward also uses photography and social media to help make sociology accessible to those outside of academia. It can be found here at


PhD Sociology Georgia State University

MA Sociology Texas State University

BA Criminal Justice and Sociology

Research and/or creative interests

Urban sociology, housing, critical and community geography, spatial sociology and visual.

Teaching interests

Urban sociology, race and ethnicity, deviance, gender and intersectionality.  It has also been a dream of mine to teach a sociology of hip-hop course.

Teaching approach

I use the Socratic method, engendering critical inquiry in the classroom. In addition, I am a strong advocate of service learning and employing non-traditional methods to engage students in experiencing sociology in action.

Why did you become a sociology professor?

I am curious about the social world within which we live. I enjoy learning about and helping to answer questions about social issues with my research.  It is this same curiosity that I enjoy drawing out of students.

Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation?

I love doing outdoor activities, such as hiking and rafting. Being outside makes me happy as well as spending time with my dog, Chiquito. I enjoy collecting a variety of music.  I am also a big sports fan, especially of SEC college football, thus my Saturdays in the fall are spoken for! 

What are your expectations of students?

That they come in with an open mind and be ready to engage.

What’s something about you that might surprise your students?

I have been vegan for over 10 years.