Danielle Docka-Filipek

Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology

Danielle Docka-Filipek

Assistant Professor

Luter Hall 162
(757) 594-7114


  • Ph D in Sociology, University of Minnesota
  • BA in Sociology/Anthropology, Knox College


Race, Ethnicity, & Racism; Global Social Problems, Reimagining the Family, & Sociological Foundations


Race/class/gender, feminist theory, marriage/family, globalization, public/applied sociology, sociology of culture, poverty/public policy, and ethnographic/qualitative methods.


Dr. Danielle Docka-Filipek holds a doctorate in sociology and a graduate certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota, as well as a B.A. in anthropology/sociology and women's studies. Her research and teaching interests broadly revolve around institutions and inequalities. Her scholarly expertise is engaged with race/class/gender inequalities and ideologies; feminist theory; marriage/family; public/applied sociology; sociology of culture; globalization and 'development;' poverty/public policy; the U.S. welfare state; religion and society; social movements; law and society; organizations/institutions; and ethnographic, interview, discourse analysis, and survey methodologies. Current research projects include examining student and faculty personal experiences with and attitudes toward ‘diversity’ initiatives and related racial discourses in U.S. colleges and universities; the role of institutional supports and practices as they inform faculty well-being, mental health, and navigation strategies in work/family conflicts amid pandemic-related changes in U.S. higher education; the impact of instructors' race and gender identity on student evaluations of teaching; the connections between normative family ideals and gendered organizational regimes in government-religious social service policies and partnerships (also known as “faith-based initiatives”); moral boundaries, race, and class in U.S. neighborhood organizations; and first-generation college students' self-described college experiences including identity formation, labeling processes, prospects for and experiences with upward social mobility, and strategies of assimilation and resistance in the event of encountered contradictions between personal and institutional values. Her past research projects have examined the pedagogical impacts of instructor vulnerability and self-disclosure through personal narrative; social scientific, activist, policy-making, and legal authorities' role in shaping the development of civil rights legal doctrine, case precedents, governmental and nongovernmental institutional structures, and enforcement strategies; gender and family stratification, discourses, and heteronormativity in the American ‘marriage movement;’ and the linkages between family and gender ideology, institutionalized practices, and processes of institutional change in racially diverse religious communities.

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2018). Enemies of the Nation: Understanding the Hungarian State's Relationship to Humanitarian NGOs. Journal of International and Global Studies. Volume, 9. Issue, 2.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2018). Teaching Naked’ in Late Capitalism: Instructors’ Personal Narratives and Classroom Self-Disclosure as Pedagogical Tools. Springer Publishing. Pages, 13-25.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2017). “Masculinity and ‘Generational Poverty’ in a Faith-Based Homelessness Advocacy Program: Race and Class Viewed Through the ‘Lenses of Gender.’”. Emerald Publishing. Volume, 23. Pages, 129-157.
quick edit report a problem