Kris De Welde Ph.D.

Kris De Welde, Ph.D., is Director and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Professor of Sociology at the College of Charleston. Previously, she served as the Associate Dean of University-wide Programs and Faculty Engagement in Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Sociology at Florida Gulf Coast University. She earned her doctorate at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2003 in Sociology with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies.

Her research and teaching interests include intersectional inequalities, qualitative methods, reproductive rights, and social/food justice.

De Welde is the 2016-17 Sociologists for Women in Society Feminist Activist Award winner, presented annually to someone who has notably and consistently used sociology to improve conditions for women in society. Awardee provides lectures, sponsored by SWS, on college/university campuses throughout the 2016-2017 year.

De Welde has published in prominent journals such as the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Feminist Teacher, Teaching Sociology, and the International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology. She has presented at dozens of professional/academic conferences, and has had the honor of being an invited lecturer within the community and on campus on a range of topics including gender inequality, social justice for migrant workers, the beauty myth, challenging homophobia, and reproductive rights.

De Welde has organized and facilitated numerous workshops on equity and inclusion in higher education.

Andi Stepnick Ph.D.

Andi Stepnick, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology at Belmont University (where she served as chair of the department from 2003-2010).  She earned her Ph.D. from Florida State University.

She is the 2015 recipient of the Robert E. Simmons Distinguished Lectureship Award for excellence in teaching and scholarship. Her research focuses on gender, race and ethnicity, and pedagogy.  She is currently working on the 5th edition of Diversity and Society:  Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (with Joe Healey, Sage Publications) and has written several editions of a teaching manual to accompany Healey’s Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class in the United Sates: The Sociology of Group Conflict and Change (Sage Publications).  Her writings have appeared in Teaching SociologyGirl Culture: An Encyclopedia, Teaching Social Problems, The Encyclopedia on Men and Masculinities, and The American Sociological Association Guide for Teaching Sociology of the Body.

Dr. Stepnick is devoted to students and to teaching. She offers classes on the Sociology of Gender, Family Problems, Health, Illness & the Body; Restorative Justice; Visual Sociology; and Men, Masculinities & Media. In 2006, she was awarded Belmont’s Presidential Faculty Achievement Award for significant contributions to students’ intellectual, personal and professional needs.  In 2007, she initiated two new community service programs at Belmont to help Nashville’s homeless population and to work towards prison reform.  In 2008, she took students on Belmont’s first study abroad trip to India. And, in 2009, took students on unique Cultural Sociology study at home course called “40 States in 40 days: Rediscovering America” (see Since 2002, she has facilitated a variety of workshops and seminars on workplace diversity issues.