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Krysten Long

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Doctoral Candidate

K.L. Long, MLS MA is a scholar activist, doctoral candidate, and instructor of record  in the Department of Sociology at the University of Georgia. She regularly teaches departmental courses on Colorism & Hairism in Communities of Color (SOCI (AFAM) (WMST) 3650) and Qualitative Research Methods (SOCI 3590). Her research assesses the psychological and physiological impact of intra-racial skin tone discrimination on Black Americans, theories on colorism, the transmission of intergenerational and cultural trauma, and the social psychological processes of social identity formation and stereotypes. Her past research has examined how light-skinned Black women experience intra-group colorism and in her multi-article dissertation she uses mixed-methods and draws connections between the historical and contemporary by presenting a novel sociohistorical theoretical framework. In her work she asserts that without a proper sociohistorical framework and more complete empirical understanding of skin tone discrimination there will continue to be a loss of valuable knowledge and insight regarding the continued prevalence and impact of colorist trauma on the gamut of Black Americans.


Clayton State University, 2018, MLS

Georgia State University, 2020, MA

University of Georgia, anticipated 2025, PhD

Research Interests:

Race, In-group colorism, Intra-racial trauma, Intergenerational trauma, Stereotypes/Prejudice/Discrimination, and Qualitative research methodology.

Selected Publications:

Long, K.L. (2024). “‘She thinks she’s all that’: Intra-group Colorism, Stereotypes and the Experiences of Light-Skinned Women that Identify as Black.” Journal of Colorism Studies, 5(1). Forthcoming

Of Note:

University of Georgia 

RED Seed Grant Recipient 2023

Southern Sociological Society

STARTS Inclusivity Institute 2023 Cohort

University of Georgia

Leroy B. Giles Recognition Recipient 2022

University of Georgia 

DEI Graduate Representative​​ 2021-current

University of Georgia

Osborne Fellowship Recipient 2020

Georgia State University 

Africana Studies Excellence in Academia Award 2020   

Courses Regularly Taught:
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