Department of Sociology

Shantel Buggs

M.A., University of Houston

Shantel Buggs



Race & Ethnicity; Gender; Sexualities; Critical Mixed-Race/Multiracial Studies; Popular Culture; Theory; Qualitative Methodology


Shantel Gabrieal Buggs is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research interests are in race & ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, particularly the way in which these social categories impact the evolution of multiracial/mixed-race lifecourse processes and the relationship(s) between development of identities and various forms of popular culture. She is also interested in the ways in which social media and other digital technologies influence everyday life.

Shantel's M.A. thesis, No (Wo)Man's An Island: Social Coping Behaviors of Multiracial Undergraduates in Response to Race, Culture and Class, explores the strategies employed by multiracial individuals when navigating undergraduate social scenes in terms of determining social in-groups. Her dissertation investigates the on-line dating experiences of mixed-race women in Central Texas.

Shantel received her B.A. in Sociology from Duke University in Durham, NC, and her M.A. in Sociology from The University of Houston in Houston, TX.

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    CLA 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712-1086