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 and the current editor of UTAustinSOC, the offical blog of the Sociology Graduate Program. Her primary research interests are in race & ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. She is particularly interested in the way in which constructions of gender, race and sexuality: impact the evolution of multiracial/mixed-race lifecourse processes; influence the responses to, and creation of, various forms of popular culture; mediate 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 impact of racial identity and the notion of the "post-racial" on the dating experiences of multiracial and multiethnic women in Central Texas, illuminating the shifting meanings of race, sex, and gender within intimate relationships. 

Shantel's writing can be found at the blog Racism Review, and her first article, "'Your momma is day-glow white: questioning the politics of racial identity, loyalty and obligation," can be found in the journal Identities



SOC 307G • Culture And Society In The Us

44430 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm CLA 1.106


This course explores the meanings of culture in contemporary U.S. society, with a focus on cultural representation and cultural (re)production. Course readings and lectures will introduce students to theoretical perspectives on cultural production and representation, emphasizing how culture shapes our experiences and understandings of social phenomena such as class, race, sexuality, and gender. The class will be particularly concerned with the role cultural representation plays in the reproduction of inequality, and therefore will ask students to turn a critical lens toward the cultural practices and representations around them.


Students should anticipate weekly assigned readings.


Writing assignments and exams.


  • Department of Sociology

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