David Brunsma
Professor of Sociology


  • Race and diversity

David Brunsma is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech. He has a doctorate in sociology from the University of Notre Dame and is the recipient of multiple awards in his field, including the E. Gordon Ericksen Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty in 2013 and the W.E.B. DuBois Award from Sociologists Without Borders in 2008. Most recently, he received honorable mention, Gordon Hirabyashi Human Rights Book Award “The Handbook of Sociology and Human Rights,” for which he was an editor in 2014. His research interests include racial identity, race and ethnicity, human rights, public sociology, sociology of culture, sociology of education, critical race theory, social psychology, educational reform, school uniforms, and symbolic interactionism. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech in 2011, Brunsma taught at the University of Missouri–Columbia and was involved in the Black Studies Program there.