Autumn Raynor

Autumn Raynor is a sociology doctoral student at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Her research interests include implicit and explicit anti-Black lessons taught in K-12 classrooms, hegemonic  whiteness, and white women’s contributions to the reproduction of racial inequality. Her methodological interests include visual sociology methods and textual analysis.

  • Nostra Aetate, Inshallah: Muhammad Ali in Community Dialogue with Catholic Communicators. Chapter in Muhammad Ali in Africana Cultural Memory. Eds. J. Conyers, C. Temple. Anthem Press, 2022.
  • Anti-Black Ontological Violence in Undergraduate Textbooks.” Chapter in African Americans in Higher Education. Eds. J. Conyers, K. Thompson, C. Edwards. Myers Education Press, 2020.
  • The Black Spaces Project: Africana Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Responses to the Presence of White Bodies in African American-Oriented Social Spaces. Imhotep Journal of Africology PA: Temple University, 2019.

Research Areas

classroom racism, hegemonic whiteness, qualitative methods, textual analysis, visual sociology, white womanhood


B.A. in Corporate and Organizational Communication, University of Houston, 2002

M.A. in Speech Communication, University of Houston, 2007

Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies, University of Houston, 2022

Societies & Organizations

Association of Black Sociologists

Texas Community College Teachers Association

National Council of Black Studies

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Honors & Awards

STaRT@Rice Statistical Training and Research Techniques Scholarship, 2022

National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi Teaching Excellence Award, 2020

Houston Community College Social Justice and Beyond Faculty Advisory Group, 2020

Elizabeth Hale Calderon Memorial Scholarship

University of Houston School of Communication Professional Promise Award


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