Joyce Moody Edwards, Ph.D

Joyce Moody Edwards, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Edwards received a BS in Sociology from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA and both MA and Ph.D. in Sociology from Howard University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Department Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Virginia State University. She has traveled extensively throughout the continent of Africa studying and analyzing comparative social issues, especially those issues that are related to the well-being of women and children. Her latest endeavor was as Project Director of an awarded 2017 Fulbright-Hayes grant from the US Dept. of Education where she and 12 public school and VSU professors spent 4 weeks in Senegal, West Africa to study “Gender, Traditions and Transformation in Contemporary Senegal”. Her overall interest is studying the impact of race, class, and gender in social institutions including the academy, criminal justice system, and the political system and the ensuing effect on the Black community.