Kristie A. Ford Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Kristie A. Ford

Professor of Sociology
Skidmore College

Dr. Kristie A. Ford is Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning, and Founder of Skidmore College's Intergroup Relations (IGR) Program. She received her B.A. in sociology from Amherst College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research and teaching interests include: race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and social justice education.


Dr. Ford explores the connections between race and intersecting social identities in relation to two broad fields of study: (1) body management practices, and (2) pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning.  In three such projects she examines these issues in relation to: (1) appearance ideals in the Black community, (2) women of color faculty experiences in academia, and (3) inter-/intra-group interactions in peer-facilitated service-learning and social justice courses.  

Recent publications include a co-edited book, Intergroup Dialogue: Engaging Difference, Social Identities, and Social Justice: Research Perspectives and New Directions (Routledge, 2014), and an article on the possibilities and challenges of white students developing alliances with people of color in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (2015). (*For more, see selected publications below.)

Dr. Ford’s courses, including Race & Power, Racial Identities: Theory & Praxis, and the Black Female Body, reflect these scholarly interests, as do her service commitments, which include the development of the Black Faculty and Staff Group (BFSG) at Skidmore in 2008 and the creation of the first Intergroup Relations (IGR) minor in the United States in 2012.

Based on her expertise in the field, Dr. Ford also consults widely with colleges/universities across the United States; in the last six years, she has facilitated approximately forty workshops on teaching and learning as well as diversity, inclusivity, and social justice. For her work, she has received several honors, including: the President's Award at Skidmore College, the NAACP Community Service Award, and the Regional Leadership Council on Inclusion Award.  

Ford, Kristie and Josephine Orlandella. 2015. "The 'Not So Final Remark': The Journey to Becoming White Allies." Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1(2): 287-301.

Ford, Kristie. 2015. "Exploiting the Body and Denouncing the Mind: Navigating a Black Female Professional Identity within the Academy." In Racial Battle Fatigue in Higher Education: Exposing the Myth of Post-Racial America, edited by Kenneth Fasching-Varner, Katrice A. Albert, Roland W. Mitchell, and Chaunda Allen. Lanham, MD: Roman and Littlefield.

Ford, Kristie and Kelly Maxwell. 2013. “Identity, Power, and Conflict: Pedagogical Strategies for
Successful Peer Classroom Dynamics.” In Faculty Identities and the Challenge of Diversity: Reflections on Teaching in Higher Education, edited by Mark Chesler and Alford Young, Jr. Herndon, VA: Paradigm Publishers.

Ford, Kristie. 2012. “Shifting White Ideological Scripts: The Educational Benefits of Inter- and
Intra-Racial Curricular Dialogues on the Experiences of White College Students.” Journal of Diversity in Higher Education 5(3): 138-158.

Ford, Kristie and Victoria Malaney. 2012. “‘I Now Harbor More Pride in My Race’: The Educational Benefits of Inter- and Intraracial Dialogues on the Experiences of Students of Color and Multiracial Students.” Journal of Equity and Excellence in Education 45(1): 14-35.

Ford, Kristie. 2012. “Thugs, Nice Guys, and Players: Black College Women’s Partner Preferences and Relationship Expectations.” Black Women, Gender, and Families 6(1): 23-42.

Ford, Kristie. 2011. “Race, Gender and Bodily (Mis)Recognitions: Women of Color Faculty
Experiences with White Students in the College Classroom.” The Journal of Higher Education 82(4): 444-478.

Ford, Kristie. 2011. “Doing Fake Masculinity, Being Real Men: Present and Future Constructions
of Self Among Black College Men.” Symbolic Interaction 34(1): 38-62.


    B.A., Amherst College, Amherst, 2000
    M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2004
    Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2006

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Race and Ethnicity; Black Identity in the U.S. and the African Diaspora; Gender and Sexuality; Body and Embodiment; Social Identities and their Intersections; Social Inequality, Social Justice, and Social Change; Inter-/Intra-group Dialogue; Engaged Pedagogies/Applied Sociology; Qualitative Methodology; Social Research Methods.



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