Liz Coston

Liz Coston, Ph.D.

Teaching Faculty
Founders Hall, Rm. 225


PhD, Sociology, Stony Brook University, 2017

MA, Sociology, Stony Brook University, 2015

MA, Sociology, University of Louisville, 2009

BA, Psychology, University of Louisville, 2007



Gender and Sexuality

Race and Ethnicity


Liz’s work focuses on three key issues: social change and social control (specifically how public and social policy impact rates of hate crime victimization immediately and over time); significant differences in the seriousness of victimization among victims based on victim race ethnicity and age, and also based on offender characteristics; and how victims/survivors interact (or do not) with organizations and service providers both within and outside of the criminal justice system. These issues are addressed by engaging in a quantitative analyses of two sets of national crime data. The results of these analyses speak to the complex and unique nature of anti-LGBT hate crimes.


Liz is also actively involved in anti-violence activism and organizing within the LGBTQ community. Currently serving as a board member on the Virginia Anti-Violence Project and having previously worked with the New York City Anti-Violence Project. In their current work on the board of directors, Liz is the chair of the sustainability committee. Their involvement in this and other social justice work informs their research agenda by putting them in direct contact with those most impacted by the systems of oppression that they research.

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