Educator, community advocate, researcher, and consultant

Kimya N. Dennis, Ph.D.


          Contact: Kimya N. Dennis •  Cell 919-710-0288 •

From Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Kimya N. Dennis is a product of Richmond Public Schools and graduated from Huguenot High School in 1995. In 1999 Dennis graduated from The University of Richmond with a degree in political science (criminal justice minor and pre-law) and in 2003 completed an M.S. in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dennis moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2002 to pursue a Ph.D. at North Carolina State University with concentrations in crime, deviance and social control (criminology) and inequality: race, class and gender.

Dennis  collaborates with colleagues and practitioners in a range of fields and areas of expertise. Dennis considers interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations important for the development and sharing of knowledge and resources. Dennis is active in the community including hosting community events, presenting at community events, and on board of directors for organizations.

Dennis does interviews and guest columns for organizations such as Mental Health America of Virginia; outlets such as HuffPost Blog,, Laura; newspapers Winston-Salem Chronicle, Winston-Salem Journal, Richmond Free Press; and 88.5 WFDD NPR, All Things Considered on 89.7 WOSU NPR, Matt Townsend Show on BYU Radio, Strange Fruit on 89.3 WFPL.

Dennis's work has local, national, and international influence. One example is Dennis conducted the first known study solely of childfree people, predominantly women, of the immediate African diaspora with 62 respondents in 6 countries. This is large and substantial for a study solely of childfree people of the immediate African diaspora.   Dennis also created and teaches the first known college course about the childfree. Addressing childfree of African diaspora captures factors contributing to racial and ethnic variance and gender variance in sexual health and freedom, reproductive health and freedom, mental-emotional health, and physical health.