Department of Sociology

Anima Adjepong

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Anima Adjepong



Race and Ethnicity, Gender, Sexualities, Immigration, Diaspora, Postcolonial Studies, and Qualitative Methodology


Anima Adjepong is a doctoral candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Texas at Austin and a Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow. Anima is also completing certificates in Africa and African Diaspora Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. Their research examines questions of social inequality, community, and public life through a focus on immigration, transnationalism, race, gender, sexuality, and popular culture. Anima's dissertation considers how people understand themselves to be part of different communities by examining the processes that communities employ to create inclusive and/or restricted boundaries. Their dissertation is an ethnographic case study of an intentionally curated community of Ghanaians living in Texas to understand how the members of this community understand themselves as African, American, and global citizens. 

Anima's thesis, We kind of bro out with each other too: Gender, race, and sexuality on and off the rugby pitch, examines how whiteness and (hetero)sexuality shape the gendered experiences of women who play rugby in the United States. It received the 2014 Outstanding Masters' Thesis Award from the University of Texas - Austin. Articles from this research can be found in the journals Sport in Society and International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

Anima received an A.B. from Princeton University in Comparative Literature. Prior to attending UT, Anima worked in education research consulting in Washington, DC. While in graduate school Anima has also undertaken research consulting projects for a college access program in Central Texas. 


Adjepong A. In press. “They are like badges of honour”: Embodied respectability and women rugby players’ experiences of their bruises. Sport in Society.

Adjepong, A. In press. “We’re, like, a cute rugby team”: How whiteness and heterosexuality shape women’s sense of belonging in rugby. International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

Adjepong, A and Carrington B. 2014. “Black female athletes as space invaders” in Jennifer Hargreaves and Eric Anderson (Eds). Routledge Handbook of Sports, Gender and Sexuality. London: Routledge

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