Ph.D. University of Kentucky
- Mental Health
- Medical Sociology
- Race and Ethnicity
- Social Demography
Verna M. Keith is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute (RESI). Her research interests focus on the social demography of health with attention to race, class, and gender disparities in health. Other work investigates the effects of ethnic appearance on the social, economic, and psychological well-being of African Americans and other people of color. She is editor of In and Out of Right Minds: The Mental Health of African American Women with Diane Brown and Skin Deep: How Race and Complexion Matter in the Color Blind Era with Cedric Herring and Hayward Horton.
- SOCI 425 Medical Sociology
- SOCI 647 Social Disparities and Health (Graduate Level)
- SOCI 622 Social Demography (Graduate Level)
- Verna M. Keith, Ann W. Nguyen, Robert J. Taylor, Dawne M. Mouzon, and Linda Chatters. 2017. “Microaggressions, Discrimination, and Phenotype among African Americans: A Latent Class Analysis of the Impact of Skin Tone and BMI.” Sociological Inquiry. 87:2:233-55.
- Hughes, Michael, Jill Kiecolt, Verna M. Keith, and David H. Demo. 2015. “Racial Identity and Well-being among African Americans.” Social Psychological Quarterly 78:1:25-48.
Miller, Byron, Sunshine Rote, Verna M. Keith. 2013. “Poverty, Education, Racial Discrimination and Depressive Symptoms among African Americans: Testing Exposure and Vulnerability Hypotheses.” Society and Mental Health 3”2”133-55.
- Keith, Verna M., Karen Lincoln, Robert J. Taylor, and James S. Jackson. 2010. “Discriminatory Experiences and Depressive Symptoms among African American Women: Do Skin Tone and Mastery Matter? Sex Roles 62:48-59.
- Kiecolt, Jill, Michael Hughes, and Verna M. Keith. 2009. “Sense of Control, John Henryism, and Mental Health.” Sociological Quarterly 50:693-714.