Department of Sociology

Shantel Buggs

Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin

Shantel Buggs



Race & Ethnicity; Family and Romantic Intimate Relationships; Gender; Sexualities; Critical Mixed-Race/Multiracial Studies; Popular Culture; Theory; Qualitative Methodology


Shantel Gabrieal Buggs is a doctoral candidate and Urban Ethnography Lab graduate fellow in the Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research interests center on how race and ethnicity, gender, and sexuality shape family and romantic intimate relationships, identities, and social inequalities. She is particularly interested in multiracial/mixed-race life course processes and the construction of deviant cultures/identities in various forms of popular culture. She is also interested in the ways in which social media and other digital technologies influence everyday life, particularly how platforms like Twitter are utilized to build intimate relationships and create community.

Shantel's dissertation, "Utopic Subjects, Post-Racial Desires: Mixed-Race, Intimacy, and the On-line Dating Experience", investigates how mixed-race women navigate race and formulate relationships in the context of online dating. Her master's thesis, "No (Wo)Man's An Island: Social Coping Behaviors of Multiracial Undergraduates in Response to Race, Culture and Class", explores the strategies employed by multiracial individuals when navigating undergraduate social scenes in terms of determining social in-groups. 

Aside from her research, Shantel very involved in service to the university and the discipline. Currently, she is editor of UTAustinSOC, the official blog of UT-Austin's Department of Sociology's graduate program, secretary for UT-Austin's Black Graduate Student Association, and the chair of the Sociologists' LGBTQ Caucus of the American Sociological Association. She is also a graduate co-organizer of the Sociology department's race and ethnicity working group.

Shantel's writing can be found at the blog Racism Review, and her first article, "'Your momma is day-glow white: questioning the politics of racial identity, loyalty and obligation," can be found in the journal Identities



SOC 307G • Culture And Society In The Us

44430 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM CLA 1.106


This course explores the meanings of culture in contemporary U.S. society, with a focus on cultural representation and cultural (re)production. Course readings and lectures will introduce students to theoretical perspectives on cultural production and representation, emphasizing how culture shapes our experiences and understandings of social phenomena such as class, race, sexuality, and gender. The class will be particularly concerned with the role cultural representation plays in the reproduction of inequality, and therefore will ask students to turn a critical lens toward the cultural practices and representations around them.


Students should anticipate weekly assigned readings.


Writing assignments and exams.


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