Christie Parris in dark shirt and red sweater.
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology


  • BA, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, 2003
  • MA, Emory University, 2009
  • PhD, Emory University, 2014


My research and teaching interests focus primarily on social inequality, with specialization in environmental injustice, social movements, and mixed-methods research design. My work has appeared in journals such as Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change, Social Justice Research, and International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

My current research projects examine the day-to-day operations of environmental justice organizations; the tactical repertoires of environmental justice activists in Central Appalachia; perceptions of environmental injustices among black Americans; and LGBT organizations’ influence on state-level hate crime policy passage and enforcement.

Fall 2018
  • SOCI 301: Social Research Methods
  • SOCI 302: Social Research Methods (Lab)
  • SOCI 438: Seminar: Coal, Community, and Culture


  • Christie Parris publishes

    August 25, 2020

    Assistant Professor of Sociology Christie Parris published a paper in Social Currents examining perceptions of environmental justice.

  • Christie Parris Gives Invited Talk

    March 6, 2020

    Assistant Professor of Sociology Christie Parris gave an invited talk on February 27, 2020, at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Preconference on Sustainability. The talk outlined her ongoing research regarding environmental concerns among U.S. residents who identify as Black and/or African American.

  • Christie Parris Publishes in Law & Policy

    December 16, 2019

    Assistant Professor of Sociology Christie Parris published the article "State‐Level Determinants of Hate Crime Reporting: Examining the Impact of Structural and Social Movement Influences" in the journal Law & Policy.

  • Christie Parris Publishes Article

    August 15, 2019

    Assistant Professor of Sociology Christie Parris and co-authors published in the Washington Post regarding their forthcoming academic article investigating hate crimes.