Crystal Peoples



My research interests include the areas of racial inequality, social stratification, social networks, and knowledge creation. Broadly, my research is fundamentally concerned with racialized social networks and how how they are utilized to help create, maintain, and reproduce racial inequalities.  Currently, my research focuses on three areas: 1) how professional networks are created and maintained in academia and how this relates to access to needed resources and information; 2) the extent to which collaboration networks are racially integrated and how this has changed over time;  3) how racialized academic networks lead to racialized knowledge production and legitimization. To answer my questions, I employ both quantitative and qualitative methods, using "big data" and machine learning techniques as well as in-depth interviews.

I received a B.S. in Mathematics from Longwood University in 2012 and an M.S. in Sociology with graduate minors in Mathematics as well as Statistics from Iowa State University in 2015. I am originally from Chesapeake, Virginia and I currently have 4 dogs who love to remind me to take the occasional break.