Department/Office InformationSociology and Anthropology, Africana and Latin American Studies
Contactasimmons@colgate.edu (315) 228-7990
Alicia D. Simmons is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana and Latin American Studies at Colgate University. She earned a B.A. in sociology from Hartwick College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University. She was a lecturer and post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, before coming to Colgate University in 2011. CV
Professor Simmons is a social psychologist who examines the intersections of media, race, and politics in the United States. She studies the nature of Americans' racial attitudes toward Blacks and their opinions about public policies that obviously or tacitly invoke race. She further explores how these attitudes are created, triggered, altered, and reinforced by news media exposure. Her work is interdisciplinary, incorporating sociology, psychology, communications, political science, and racial/ethnic studies. It is also multi-method, using surveys, experiments, and content analysis.
She maintains three branches of research. The first uses surveys and experiments to investigate the nature and causes of racial attitudes and public policy preferences that contribute to - or alleviate - racial inequality. The second use on content analyses to study the nature of news media messages; her current work explores coverage of cases where police kill unarmed Blacks, such as the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. A final branch of her research centers on advancing social science research methodology. Her work has been published in Social Forces, the Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, and Sociological Methodology.
Professor Simmons teaches classes such as Introduction to Sociology, Race and Crime, and Media and Politics. In 2020, she published two audiobooks designed for a lay audience: Sociology 101: How Social Forces Shape Our Lives and Race in America 101: The Essential Audio Course on Race, Ethnicity, Discrimination, and Inequality.
- Ph.D., Stanford University
- M.A., Stanford University
- B.A., Hartwick College
- Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana and Latin American Studies, Colgate University
- Assistant Professor of Sociology, Colgate University
- Lecturer and Post-doctoral fellow in Sociology, Harvard University
Social psychology; Mass communications; Race and ethnic relations; Politics; Public opinion; Criminology/delinquency; Quantitative methodology; Qualitative methodology
- Simmons, Alicia D. and Lawrence D. Bobo. 2018. "Understanding "No Special Favors:" A Quantitative and Qualitative Mapping of Responses to the Racial Resentment Scale." Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. 15(2): 323-352
- Simmons, Alicia. D. 2017. "Whose Lives Matter?: The Newsworthiness of Police Killing Unarmed Blacks." Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. 14(2): 639-663.
- Simmons, Alicia D. 2017. "Cultivating Support for Punitive Criminal Justice Policies: News Sectors and the Moderating Effects of Audience Characteristics." Social Forces. 96(1): 299-328.
- Simmons, Alicia D. and Lawrence D. Bobo. 2015. "Can Non-Full-Probability Internet Surveys Yield Useful Data? A Comparison to Full-Probability Face-to-Face Surveys in the Domain of Race and Social Inequality Attitudes." Sociological Methodology. 45:1-31.
- Bobo, Lawrence D., Camille Z. Charles, Maria Krysan, and Alicia D. Simmons. 2012. "The Real Record on Racial Attitudes." Pp.28-83 in Social Trends in American Life: Findings from the General Social Survey since 1972 edited by P. V. Marsden. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
- Simmons, Alicia D. 2012. "Crime News and Crime Views: The Relationship between Whites' News Exposure Patterns and Opinions about Criminal Justice Issues." Pp. 224-238 in The Harms of Crime Media: Essays on the Perpetuation of Race, Gender, and Class Stereotypes edited by D. L. Bissler and J. L. Conners. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
- Simmons, Alicia D. 2020. Race in America 101: The Essential Audio Course on Race, Ethnicity, Discrimination, and Inequality. Learn25
- Simmons, Alicia D. 2020. Sociology 101: How Social Forces Shape Our Lives. Learn25
- Simmons, Alicia D. 2019. "Politicians and Dissent." The Academic Minute. (2/18/19)
- Simmons, Alicia D. 2016. "Race, Police, & Justice: Voices from the Colgate Community." The Colgate Maroon News. 148(20): B-2
- 2019. "Intersections of the Media, Race, and Politics in the United States." 13
- 2018. "White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and Domestic Terrorists: How to Oppose the Return of Fascism." Colgate University panel
- 2018. "Prejudice, Politics, and Preparing for the 2018 Mid-Term Election." Le Moyne College Honor Society Induction
- 2016. "Implications of the Presidential Election: A Faculty Panel." Colgate University panel
- 2016. "The Media and Communications in the 21st Century." Colgate University panel
- 2015. "Cultivating Punitiveness: The Associations between Criminal Justice Policy Preferences, News Media Exposure, Race, and Politics." SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Alpha Kappa Delta Honors Lecture
- SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology
- CORE 170S: Media Effects
- SOCI 320: Social Deviance
- SOCI/ALST 321AX: Black Communities
- SOCI/ALST 330AX: Race and Crime
- SOCI 375: Media and Politics student video reports