Community Advocate, Educator, Researcher, Consultant and Speaker

Kimya N. Dennis, Ph.D.

Dr. Kimya N. 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 on childfree people of the immediate African diaspora.   Dennis also created and teaches the first known college course about the childfree

Dr. Kimya N. Dennis  collaborates with colleagues and practitioners in a range of fields and areas of expertise. Dennis considers multidisciplinary collaborations important for the development and sharing of knowledge and resources. Dennis is active in the community including Winston-Salem Juneteenth, being the mental health component of FaithHealth Committee for Ministers'
Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity; on board of directors for The Mental Health Association in Forsyth County; and previously on board of directors for North Carolina chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and LEAD Girls of NC.

Dr. Kimya N. Dennis does interviews, guest columns, and guest blogs for organizations such as Mental Health America of Virginia, Critical Mass Progress, HuffPost Blog,, Laura Carroll, for newspapers Winston Salem Chronicle, Winston Salem Journal, and Richmond Free Press; and 88.5 WFDD NPR, 89.7 WOSU NPR, 89.3 WFPL.

From Richmond, Virginia, Kimya N. Dennis is a product of Richmond Public Schools (RPS) 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.

In 2010, Dr. Kimya N. Dennis moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Salem College. Dennis created the Criminal Studies program in 2011 and became the Coordinator of Criminal Studies in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Studies. Dennis is now tenured Associate Professor and Coordinator of Criminal Studies.

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