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Sarah Adeyinka-Skold - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Sarah Adeyinka-Skold

Assistant Professor of Sociology | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts






Ep #20 -- Sarah Adeyinka-Skold



As a meeting and mating sociologist, Sarah Adeyinka-Skold is interested in how inequalities are produced and reproduced in the process of forming and maintaining romantic relationships. She is also interested in producing theories about meeting and mating that are inclusive of LGBTQ+ relations. She has taught courses on introductory and family sociology, and is looking forward to developing courses about the Black Family, technology, race, and gender, and gender and sexuality, and romance and relationships. Her work has also been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Voices of Africa, and podcast series Dear Franny: Uncommon Conversations About Love.

Education (4)

University of Pennsylvania: Ph.D., Sociology 2020

University of Pennsylvania: M.A., Sociology 2015

University of Chicago: M.A., Social Work 2008

Princeton University: B.A., Sociology 2006


Areas of Expertise (6)

Race and Ethnicity




Sex and Sexualities

Qualitative Sociology

Accomplishments (5)

Research Enhancement Grant, Furman University Research and Professional Growth Committee


Mellon Fellowship, Furman University


Bassi Scholarship, Editing Press Inc.


SAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania


Center for Teaching and Learning Teaching Excellence Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

2019 (declined)

Affiliations (3)

  • American Sociological Association : Member
  • Sociologists for Women in Society-South : Member
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems : Member

Media Appearances (5)

Roe v Wade ruling by Supreme Court affects more than abortion rights

Furman University  online


In a society that privileges male bodies over female bodies, women and women-identifying people can be complicit and even active in the systems that support the oppression and suffering of people like them. We need to be careful about the kinds of people we put in power to represent us. – Sarah Adeyinka-Skold, Assistant Professor of Sociology

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How Black Women Are Taking Their Power Back In A Discriminatory Dating Landscape

Women's Health Magazine  online


But discrimination doesn’t always look like avoidance. Sometimes it involves attention for negative reasons, says Sarah Adeyinka-Skold, PhD, assistant professor of sociology at Furman University. Non-Black men often exoticize or fetishize Black female partners. This can manifest in comments about skin tone or hair color, or even the perpetuation of age-old stereotypes about Black women being hypersexual or “freaks.”

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My Brush With the Black Manosphere

Elle  online


Dr. Sarah Adeyinka-Skold, an assistant professor of sociology at Furman University, has seen these truths born out in her research on the dating lives of heterosexual Black women. She explains that on dating apps, Black women are often not selected by male partners, and when they do garner attention, tropes of them as sluts or welfare queens also mean they face fetishization and derogatory language. According to Adeyinka-Skold, “[Black women] are the only racial group to be excluded by non-Black men and Black men.”

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Greenville women lack support to fight 'pressure' of traditional gender roles

Greenville News  online


Now, as more women are working outside of the home, Furman University sociology professor Sarah Adeyinka-Skold believes there is not enough infrastructure to support working mothers. More time for maternity leave, more flexible schedules and higher, "breadwinning" wages would help, Adeyinka-Skold said.

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Black Women are Enough with Sarah Adeyinka-Skold

The Laverne Cox Show  online


What are your dating preferences? Do you prefer a certain ethnicity or race over another? What does it mean to have this sort of preference and where does it come from? Sociologist and social worker Sarah Adeyinka-Skold's latest research involved interviewing Black women about the unique difficulties they experience dating on and offline. In this episode, she and Laverne breakdown how the structures of white supremacy and patriarchy imprint themselves onto our dating habits.

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Event Appearances (5)

“Reification of Gendered Initiation Norms on Dating Technology”

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting  Virtual


“Place Still Matters: Race, Place, and Relationship Formation Among College-Educated Women”

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting  New York, NY


“Place Still Matters: Race, Place, and Relationship Formation Among College-Educated Women”

Eastern Sociological Society Conference  Boston, MA


“Finding Romance in the Digital Age”

Graduate Student Conference, Harvard  Boston, MA


“Counting the Costs: Relationship Formation Among Black and White College-Educated Women”

Eastern Sociological Society Conference  Baltimore, MD


Articles (5)

Inclusive Placemaking: A Study of the Joseph Vaughn Plaza at Furman University

Carolina Currents

2022, forthcoming

Searching for Love in the Age of Trump: The Impact for Race and Political Ideology in Partner Preferences Among Ethno-Racial Minorities

The Logic of Racial Practice


Barriers, Emotion Work, and Relationship Formation

Young Adult Sexuality in the Digital Age


Race, Place, and Relationship Formation in the Digital Age

Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race


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Learning About Whiteness: The Lived Experiences of Intermarried US-Born White and European Immigrant Women in the 1930s

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity