Assistant Professor of Sociology/Anthropology Fareeda McClinton Griffith joined the faculty in 2009. She received her B.A. in Sociology with magna cum laude honors from Paine College. She received a M.A. in Demography and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests include Sociology of Education; Demographic Trends in South Africa (Fertility and Residential Segregation); Racial Inequality in the United States and South Africa; School Attainment; Comparative Studies; Sociology of Race and Ethnicity; Quantitative Methodology.
“My research interests are driven by the desire to understand society from a transnational perspective. My dissertation entitled "Race and Space in Post-Apartheid South Africa, 1996-2001" focuses on examining race, residential segregation, socioeconomic characteristics, and chronic health conditions in three distinct areas in South Africa: Pretoria, Johannesburg and Vereeniging (PJV). The three different racial compositions of each region provide three sociological lenses of understanding the impact of apartheid. I have a forthcoming co-author article in the Annals of Political and Social Science in which we assess the past fifty years of demographic change in continent of Africa. Using the dissertation project as a baseline, I plan to conduct a transnational study and compare the histories of racial formation of South Africa, the United States, and Brazil.”