W. Carson Byrd, PhD

Associate Professor (On leave 2019-2020)


W. Carson Byrd is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Louisville. He was previously the research associate in the Center for Race and Social Policy Research at Virginia Tech. In 2011, he completed his doctorate in sociology at Virginia Tech. Dr. Byrd also holds a master's degree in sociology from Virginia Tech, and a bachelor of arts in sociology from Mars Hill College.  His research examines race and educational inequality, inter- and intraracial interactions and their influence on identities and ideologies, and the connections among race, science, and knowledge production. These three areas intertwine under a broader research umbrella examining how educational institutions, particularly colleges and universities, can simultaneously operate as centers for social mobility and engines of inequality.

Research Interests
Educational Inequality
Inter- and Intraracial Relations and Ideology
Race and Racism
Race, Knowledge, and Science
Health Disparities

Professional Memberships
Alpha Kappa Delta
American Educational Research Association
American Sociological Association
Association for the Study of Higher Education
Association for Humanist Sociology
Association of Black Sociologists
National Center for Institutional Diversity’s Diversity Scholars Network
Southern Sociological Society