Dr. Brittany P. Battle is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at Wake Forest University. As an ethnographer, her research interests include social and family policy, courts, carceral logics, social justice, and culture and cognition. She teaches courses on social justice in the social sciences, reimagining the criminal legal system, and courts & criminal procedure. In addition, she is an enthusiastic scholar-activist working with grassroots organizations and has extensive experience working with organizations and agencies to address equity and justice concerns. Her scholar-activism has been recognized with the Sociologists for Women in Society 2021 Feminist Activism Award and the American Society of Criminology Division on Critical Criminology and Social Justice 2020 Praxis Award. And she writes a blog on her experiences as a Black woman in academia!


Dr. Battle's scholarship has been funded by the Ford Foundation, American Sociological Association, and Sociologists for Women in Society. She is currently working on a book manuscript (under contract with NYU Press), “They’re Stealing My Opportunity to Be a Father:” The Child Support System and State Intervention in the Family, which examines the experiences of parents involved in the child support system using courtroom observations and interviews. The project illuminates the ways that the child support system functions as a neoliberal construct at the intersection of the welfare and criminal justice systems.


Dr. Battle completed a PhD in Sociology at Rutgers University - New Brunswick in March 2019. She earned an MA in African American Studies from Temple University and a BA in Sociology (Law & Society concentration), Women's Studies, and Black American Studies from the University of Delaware.


Check out Dr. Battle's CV for more on her research and scholarship.