Criminologist and Sociologist

Kimya N. Dennis, Ph.D.



          Contact: Kimya N. Dennis, Ph.D. •  601 S. Church Street • Winston-Salem, NC 27101  •  (P) (919) 710-0288

Kimya N. Dennis is a criminologist and sociologist with research and community involvement that include interdisciplinary approaches to suicide and self-harm; mental health; CIT and law enforcement; racial and ethnic identities and inequalities; gender identities and inequalities; and childfree people of the African diaspora. Her research and community work place emphasis on power minorities on the bases of mental capacity, race and ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual identity, sexuality, and reproductive choices.

From Richmond, VA, Dr.Dennis moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2002 to pursue a doctorate at North Carolina State University and to Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 2010 to begin a position as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Salem College. Dr. Dennis started the Criminal Studies program in 2011 and became the Coordinator of Criminal Studies and Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Studies.

Her 2010 dissertation, "Black Political and Socioeconomic Status Attainment and the Direction of Lethal Violence: Comparing the Suicide of Young Black and White Males in U.S. Counties", tested the suicide component of the stream of violence theory. Focusing on variations in suicide among Blacks and whites in U.S. counties, the dissertation contributed measures of Black political attainment and Black socioeconomic status attainment to the process of
inward directed or outward directed lethal violence.

Dr. Dennis is on the Board of Directors for The Mental Health Association in Forsyth County (MHA) and the Board of Directors for the North Carolina chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

Ph.D. Sociology, North Carolina State University

Concentrations: Crime, Deviance, and Social Control

Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender

M.S. Criminal Justice, Virginia Commonwealth University

B.A. Political Science, Criminal Justice minor, The University of Richmond






Dr.Kimya N Dennis CV (PDF)