JeffriAnne Wilder, Associate Professor of Sociology & Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations, UNF

Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder is a sociologist and scholar specializing in diversity, race relations and gender issues. She is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at the University of North Florida.  She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida.  In addition to her studies in sociology, JeffriAnne also completed a concentration in Women’s Studies and Gender Research. Dr. Wilder completed her MA in Sociology from Cleveland State University, and a BA from Allegheny College. Her areas of research interest include race and ethnic relations, minorities in higher education, women of color in the U.S., qualitative methodology, and the sociology of teaching and learning.

As a black woman and sociologist, Dr. Wilder is very passionate about connecting sociology to the everyday issues occurring within our society, especially issues that impact women and girls. She is a distinguished expert and scholar of colorism in black American society.  Colorism is defined as intra-racial division operating within communities of color. A key area of JeffriAnne’s work focuses on examining the impact of this persistent issue within the black community, specifically among black women and girls in the era of “post-racialism.”  Her book on this issue, Color Stories, was published in October 2015.  Dr. Wilder is the recipient of many research and teaching awards including: McKnight Junior Faculty Fellow (2012-2013); UNF Diversity and Inclusion Research Award (2012); UNF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (2011); Dolores Auzenne Dissertation Fellowship (2008); Jerome A. Connor Dissertation Award (2007).  She was recently named as one of Jacksonville’s Top 30 Women of Influence, and nominated for the Distinguished Professor award at UNF.   Dr. Wilder’s work has been published in an array of academic journals and publications, and she regularly speaks on race, gender, and diversity issues.


Dr. Wilder is very active in the UNF and Jacksonville community. She is the immediate past chair of the UNF Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, the university’s leadership council addressing issues of diversity and inequality. JeffriAnne is also a member of the ONEJax Board. She has served on the UNF Women’s Advisory Board, and advised the UNF undergraduate chapter of the NAACP and the W.E.B. DuBois Honor Society.

As a public scholar, Dr. Wilder has been featured in a host of local, national, and international media outlets including First Coast News, the Florida Times-Union, Black Enterprise, The Grio, National Public Radio, HuffPost Live, the Takeaway, Nightline, 20/20, and the New York Times.

JeffriAnne was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.