Our mission is to put social science research to work serving the common good by providing support for faculty, community, and student research in the social sciences, including social behavior, politics and public policy, immigration and community dynamics, and other institutional and social systems.

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Center for Social Science Research

Summerville Campus

Allgood Hall

Office N217

Dr. Dustin Avent-Holt, Director



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Dr. Dustin Avent-Holt

  • Director, Center for Social Science Research
  • Professor, Sociology


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Dr. Melissa Powell-Williams

  • Director, Qualitative Research Lab
  • Center for Social Science Research
  • Professor, Sociology
  • Center for Bioethics and Health Policy


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Renee Harris Quarles

  • Administrative Assistant
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Elizabeth Eisner

  • Graduate Assistant, Qualitative Research Lab


Advisory Board

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Elizabeth Culatta, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Sociology
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Candace Griffith, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
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William Hatcher, PhD

  • Chair, Department of Social Sciences
  • Professor, Political Science
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Pamela Hayward, PhD

  • Professor, Communication
  • Director, Integrated Studies
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Mary-Kate Lizotte, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Political Science
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Wendy Turner, PhD

  • Professor, History
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Rhucha Samudra, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Public Administration
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Melanie Wilcox, PHD

  • Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences