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Monica Griffin has a B.A. (1988) in English and Sociology from the College of William & Mary, and an M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (1998) in Sociology from the University of Virginia.  She specializes in Community Studies, Critical Theory in Race and Inequality Studies, and Medical Sociology, and is currently enrolled as a postgraduate student at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, at Georgetown, University. 


Dr. Griffin is director of the William & Mary Sharpe Community Scholars Program, a first-year living-learning program which is designed to support students in developing community-based research.  She supervises Ms. Jabria Craft, as the program's Living-Learning Community program manager.  Monica currently co-leads research for the W&M Sharpe Participatory Mapping Project, and teaches a COLL200 course in the project.  When teaching in the first-year program, she offers a course in Health Disparities, covering health markets and policy, social determinants of health, and narrative medicine methodologies; and, in summers, she teaches an online social action research course, Emerging Research in Action.  Dr. Griffin collaborates with instructional faculty across multiple institutions, on community-based research in health; supervises Honors theses and Independent Studies; and serves on graduate theses committees.  With over twenty years of higher education teaching experience and half that time involving experience in community partnering and active scholarship, Monica's research interests include using arcGIS mapping technologies to explore participatory community approaches to learning and research, health disparities, cultural sociology, multicultural education, community-based and participatory action methodologies, and faculty development in teaching and understanding women faculty roles and experiences in higher education.

For more information about Dr. Griffin's professional and scholarly activity, please visit:

 Monica D. Griffin's CV May 2018

For other affliliated work, see also:

Narrative Medicine for Excellence Project

American Studies