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Skidmore College
Sociology Department
Kristie Ford

Kristie A. Ford

Professor of Sociology
Quadracci Chair in Social Responsibility

Director of Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning (CLTL)

Consultant and Founder of Skidmore's Intergroup Relations (IGR) Program

Office:  Tisch Learning Center 230
Phone: (518) 580-5425


  • B.A. Amherst College
  • M.A., Ph.D. University of Michigan


Dr. Kristie A. Ford is Professor of Sociology, Founder of the Intergroup Relations Program, and Director of the Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning (CLTL) at Skidmore College. She received her B.A. in sociology from Amherst College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research and teaching interests include: race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and social justice education.

More specifically, Ford explores the connections between race and intersecting social identities in relation to two broad fields of study: (1) body management practices, and (2) pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning. In three such projects she examines these issues in relation to: (1) appearance ideals in the Black community, (2) women of color faculty experiences in academia, and (3) inter-/intra-group interactions in peer-facilitated service-learning and social justice courses. Recent publications include a co-edited book, Intergroup Dialogue: Engaging Difference, Social Identities, and Social Justice: Research Perspectives and New Directions (Routledge, 2014), an article on the possibilities and challenges of white students developing alliances with people of color in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (2015), and Facilitating Change through Intergroup Dialogue: Social Justice Advocacy in Practice (Routledge, 2018).

Ford’s courses, including Race & Power, Racial Identities: Theory & Praxis, and the Black Female Body, reflect these scholarly interests, as do her service commitments, which include the development of the Black Faculty and Staff Group (BFSG) at Skidmore in 2008 and the creation of the first Intergroup Relations (IGR) minor in the United States in 2012.

Based on her expertise in the field, Ford consults widely with colleges/universities across the United States; in the last six years, she has facilitated over fifty workshops on teaching and learning as well as diversity, inclusivity, and social justice. For her work, she has received several honors, including: the President's Award at Skidmore College, the NAACP Community Service Award, and the Regional Leadership Council on Inclusion Award. She was also named the Quadracci Chair in Social Responsibility beginning in June 2019.


Race and Ethnicity; Black Identity in the U.S. and the African Diaspora; Gender and Sexuality; Body and Embodiment; Social Identities and their Intersections; Social Inequality, Social Justice, and Social Change; Inter-/Intra-group Dialogue; Engaged Pedagogies/Applied Sociology; Qualitative Methodology; Social Research Methods.


  • Femininities and Masculinities (SO 203)
  • Race and Power (SO 219C)
  • Social Research Methods (SO 227)
  • Black Female Body (SO 317R)
  • Sociology of the Body (SO 333R)
  • Racial Identities: Theory and Praxis (SO 361)
  • Practicum in Facilitating (IG 364)
  • Senior Seminar in Sociology (SO 375)


Books and Book Chapters

  • Ford, Kristie. 2018. Facilitating Change through Intergroup Dialogue: Social Justice Advocacy in Practice. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Ford, Kristie. 2015. "Exploiting the Body and Denouncing the Mind: Navigating a Black Female Professional Identity within the Academy." In Racial Battle Fatigue in Higher Education: Exposing the Myth of Post-Racial America, edited by Kenneth Fasching-Varner, Katrice A. Albert, Roland W. Mitchell, and Chaunda Allen. Lanham, MD: Roman and Littlefield.
  • Chesler, Mark, & Alford Young, Jr., editors. 2013. Faculty Identities and the Challenge of Diversity: Reflections on Teaching in Higher Education. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
  • Zuniga, Ximena, Gretchen Lopez, and Kristie Ford, editors. 2014. Intergroup Dialogue: Engaging Difference, Social Identities, and Social Justice: Research Perspectives and New Directions. New York, NY: Routledge.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Cherise Harris and Kristie Ford. 2018. "'Where's Your Man?': Intersectionality in the Adoption Stories of Two Black, Single Female Sociologists." Michigan Family Review 21(1): 27-49.
  • Ford, Kristie and Josephine Orlandella. 2015. "The 'Not So Final Remark': The Journey to Becoming White Allies." Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 12): 287-301.
  • Ford, Kristie. 2012. “Shifting White Ideological Scripts: The Educational Benefits of Inter- and Intra-Racial Curricular Dialogues on the Experiences of White College Students.” Journal of Diversity in Higher Education 5(3): 138-158.
  • Ford, Kristie. 2012. “Thugs, Nice Guys, and Players: Black College Women’s Partner Preferences and Relationship Expectations.” Black Women, Gender, and Families 6(1): 23-42.
  • Ford, Kristie and Victoria Malaney. 2012. “‘I Now Harbor More Pride in My Race’: The Educational Benefits of Inter- and Intraracial Dialogues on the Experiences of Students of Color and Multiracial Students.” Journal of Equity and Excellence in Education 45(1): 14-35.
  • Ford, Kristie. 2011. “Race, Gender and Bodily (Mis)Recognitions: Women of Color Faculty Experiences with White Students in the College Classroom.” The Journal of Higher Education 82(4): 444-478.
  • Ford, Kristie. 2011. “Doing Fake Masculinity, Being Real Men: Present and Future Constructions of Self Among Black College Men.” Symbolic Interaction 34(1): 38-62.


  • Leadership Council on Inclusion Award (2009)
  • Skidmore College President’s Award (2008)
  • NAACP Community Service Award (2008)


  • Bias Response Group
  • Committee on Intercultural and Global Understanding
  • Intergroup Relations