Faculty, Department of Sociology, College of Humanities and Sciences
Liz Coston, PhD, is a faculty member of the Department of Sociology in the College of Humanities and Sciences. Dr. Coston's research on anti-LGBT hate crimes explores the politics of visibility and identity. The largest project to come out of this focus is on anti-LGBTQ hate violence; specifically, how structural visibility from LGBTQ public policy decisions impact rates of violence and how further marginalization due to race, class, and gender create differing experiences for victimization.
Dr. Coston’s community-engaged research also explores how policing disproportionately impacts racial and ethnic minorities through a collaboration between several community organizations in Richmond, VA to increase transparency and accountability in the Richmond Police Department (RPD). The goal of this work is to address community concerns related to inequalities in policing. Specifically, the coalition is examining racial inequality as it relates to citizen complaints, police stops, use of force, and arrest data.