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Battle, Nishaun T., PhD

Sociology and Criminal Justice

Assistant Professor

Phone: (804) 524-5759
Fax: (804) 524-6883
Location: 200B Colson Hall


  • B.A. Communications and Afro-Ethnic Studies, California State University Fullerton
  • M.S. Criminal Justice, North Carolina Central University
  • Ph.D. Sociology, Howard University

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Black Girlhood and Justice, intellectual activism, community engagement, critical pedagogy

Dr. Nishaun T. Battle is the author of Black Girlhood, Punishment, and Resistance: Reimagining Justice for Black Girls in Virginia, by Routledge Publishing.  She is a scholar-artist activist whose research explores lived and historical experiences of Black girls, community activism, and social justice.  She is a co-principal investigator of the STOP school violence grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.  In 2018, the Division of People on Color and Crime, a division of the American Society for Criminologists, named her as the recipient of its New Scholar Award.  

Dr. Battle mentors and engages in ongoing community advocacy with organizations centered on promoting social and legal justice for Black girls and girls of color in the surrounding Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia areas. She is a Mellon Fellow with the Democratizing Knowledge Project and a participant of the Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute at the University of Maryland-College Park.   Born and raised in Southern California where she completed two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Afro-Ethnic Studies and Communications from California State University, Fullerton, Dr. Battle holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University and a Doctorate in Sociology with concentrations in Criminology and Social Inequality from Howard University.   While at Howard, she also obtained a certificate in Women’s Studies.  She is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice here at Virginia State University. 

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