Center for Social Science Research


About Us

Advisory Board

The Center for Social Science Research is a division of the Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The Center was originally established as a Center for Public Service, with a mission to assist local public and non-profit agencies conduct research to improve their effectiveness. The Center for Social Science Research was recently established to expand upon that mission by providing support to faculty and students engaged in social science research more broadly. It has long hosted an immigration studies research program as well. In 2021, the Center began supporting a new Race and Social Justice Project under the direction of Dr. Holly Pinheiro. Many of the Center’s projects involve students as active partners, giving them an opportunity to apply social science research methods, learn about community issues, and work towards serving the common good.  

For current event updates and information on the Center's work, or if you're interested in initiating a project, contact the Center Director, Dr. Dustin Avent-Holt, (706) 737-1710.

 


Our Advisory Board

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Dustin Avent-Holt, PhD

  • Director, Center for Social Science Research
  • Associate Professor, Sociology
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Elizabeth Culatta, PhD

  • Advisory Board Member
  • Assistant Professor, Sociology
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Candace Griffith, PhD

  • Advisory Board Member
  • Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
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William Hatcher, PhD

  • Advisory Board Member Interim Chair, Department of Social Sciences
  • Professor, Political Science
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Pamela Hayward, PhD

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

  • Advisory Board Member
  • Associate Professor, Political Science
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Wendy Turner, PhD

  • Advisory Board Member
  • Professor, History
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Rhucha Samudra, PhD

  • Advisory Board Member
  • Assistant Professor, Public Administration