Jeannette M Wade

Assistant Professor

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Health & Human Sciences

Sociology & Social Work

Gibbs Hall 206D
B.A.International Relations / Cleveland State University
MAChild and Family Development / The University of Akron
Ph.D.Sociology / The University of Akron


Dr. Jeannette Wade is a black feminist medical sociologist in the Department of Social Work and Sociology. Her work is guided by the ‘Strong Black Woman’ ideal and how “praising” black women’s self and socially proclaimed strength may act as a buffer from racism and sexism, but may also put their mental and physical health at risk. Dr. Wade’s work includes studies of the Superwoman Schema and how it predicts diet and exercise trends as well as sexual health and health care. Dr. Wade has a passion for fighting poverty, improving health-related autonomy, and dismantling medical racism. To this end, she is associated with several ongoing studies of the social determinants of health and student success.

Research Interests

Psycho-social Determinants of Black Women's Health, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Gender Studies, Mixed Methods Social Research,

Recent Publications

  • Jeannette Wade, Robert Peralta (2016). (Perceived Racial Discrimination, Heavy Episodic Drinking, and Alcohol Abstinence Among African American and White College Students). In Marie Claire Van Hout, PhD, Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Use.
  • Jeannette Wade (2017). (Doing Difference and Fast Food Consumption: Patterns Among a Sample of White and African American Emerging Adults). Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
  • Jeannette Wade (2018). (African Americans, Fast Food, and the Birdcage of Oppression). In Jared A. Jaworski, (Advances in Sociological Research ) 25, Nova Science Publishers.
  • Jeannette Wade, Anderson Bean, Stephanie Teixeira Poit (2019). (Students, Universities and Employers: Why We All Win When We Promote Social Justice through SoTL). In Joe Pellegrino; Delores D. Liston; Delena Bell Gatch, (3) 13, International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • Robert Peralta, Rusty Schnellinger, Jeannette Wade, Peter Barr, James Carter (2019). (The Association Between Food and Alcohol Disturbance (FAD), Race, and Ethnic Identity Belonging). pp. 10. Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity.
  • Jeannette Wade (2020). (Is it Race, Sex, Gender or All Three? Predicting Risk for Alcohol Consumption in Emerging Adulthood). J Child Fam Stud.