Shaonta' Allen

|Assistant Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology

  • African and African American Studies Affiliate

  • The Consortium of Studies in Race, Migration, and Sexuality Affiliate

Shaonta's research draws on race, social movements, and intersectionality literatures to examine how Black resistance to racial inequality varies across social institutions. She specifically explores Black political ideologies and behaviors within Religion, Higher Education, and Pop-Culture & Sport to theorize contemporary strategies for navigating racial and gendered hierarchies. Supporting the discpline of sociology's efforts to reclaim the contributions of marginalized and erased scholars, Dr. Shay also writes about the theoretical, methodological, and epistemological legacy of Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Believing in the radical potential of sociology, Shay teaches and produces research with the goal of facilitating social change.


Blunt Alum Ctr, Room 308A
HB 6104




  • B.A. University of Washington
  • M.A. Middle Tennessee State University
  • Ph. D. University of Cincinnati

Selected Publications

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Works In Progress

  • Allen, Shaonta' E. ""I Can't Tell You What Freedom is 'Cause I've Never Seen It:" Addressing the Omission of Liberation Narratives in Sociology." (R&R)

  • Allen, Shaonta' E. "Kneeling With Kaepernick: Celebrity Influence and Frame Diffusion in Youth Activism During Black Lives Matter." (R&R)

  • Allen, Shaonta' E. "Black and Christian During Black Lives Matter: Strategic Identity Construction Among Black Christian Millennials." (In Preparation)

  • Allen, Shaonta' E. "Performing and Policing Woke Politics: Oppositional Consciousness in the Black Lives Matter Era." (In Preparation)

Selected Works & Activities