Alicia Simmons - Colgate University - Faculty Directory

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Alicia Simmons

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Sociology & Anthropology, 422 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-7990


PhD, Stanford University, 2010
MA, Stanford University, 2005
BA, Hartwick College, 2002

Previous Position

Lecturer and Post-doctoral fellow in Sociology, Harvard University


My research focuses on the intersections of media, race and crime.  Specifically, I investigate how the American news media influences audience members' racial attitudes and support for punitive criminal justice policy preferences.


Social psychology; Race and ethnicity; Mass communication; Social control/crime/law/deviance; Public opinion; Research methods


Simmons, Alicia D. and Lawrence D. Bobo. 2015. "Can Non-Full-Probability Internet Surveys Yield Useful Data?  A Comparison to Full-Probability Face-to-Face Surveys in the Domain of Race and Social Inequality Attitudes." Sociological Methodology. 45:1-31.

Simmons and Bobo Appendix

Simmons, Alicia D. 2012. "Crime News and Crime Views: The Relationship between Whites' News Exposure Patterns and Opinions about Criminal Justice Issues." Pp. 224-238 in The Harms of Crime Media: Essays on the Perpetuation of Race, Gender, and Class Stereotypes edited by D. L. Bissler and J. L. Conners.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Bobo, Lawrence D., Camille Z. Charles, Maria Krysan, and Alicia D. Simmons. 2012. "The Real Record on Racial Attitudes."  Pp.28-83 in Social Trends in American Life: Findings from the General Social Survey since 1972 edited by P. V. Marsden. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Recent Presentations

2014. "From Freedom Summer to Ferguson: The Ongoing Civil Rights Movement." Colgate University's Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs Panel Discussion

2014. "Policing Black and Brown Bodies: Before and After Ferguson." Colgate University Brown Bag

Select Grants and Awards

2013. Mellon Technology in Teaching Grant, Colgate University (with Janel Benson, Mary Simonson, and Meg Worley)
2013. iPad Pilot Program, Colgate University
2013. Torch Medal for Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship, Colgate University
2008. Centennial Teaching Award, Stanford University
2007-2008. Gerald J. Lieberman Graduate Dissertation Fellowship
2008. Graduate Research Opportunity, Stanford University ($5,000)
2008. Sociology Research Opportunity, Stanford University ($5,000)
2006. Leila Arthur Cilker Fellowship and Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford University


Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 101)
Media Effects (CORE 170S)
Social Deviance (SOCI 320)
Black Communities (SOCI/ALST 321AX)
Race and Crime (SOCI/ALST 330AX)
Media and Politics (SOCI/FMST 375AX)

Professional Experience

Program review consultant
Teaching consultant
Oral communications tutor


Institutional Review Board, Colgate University
Africana and Latin American Studies Council, Colgate University
Film and Media Studies Council, Colgate University