Nicole Banton

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies

Nicole Banton, PhD, is a medical sociologist with a penchant for Disney-animated and all manner of sci-fi films. Her current project is an intimate analysis of Black mothers and infant feeding. She can be found laughing at the musings of her students and dutifully solving the daily Wordle. Her areas of specialization are mother studies, medical sociology and qualitative research methods, with a side of sci-fi-related pop culture studies. She welcomes you to join and grow in her intellectual garden.

  • PhD, sociology, Georgia State University
  • MA, education, Clark Atlanta University
  • BS, psychology, Florida A&M University


Nicole Banton

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Areas of Expertise

  • Mother studies
  • Black feminisms
  • Sociology of health and illness
  • Cultural studies
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Film studies

Course Sampling

  • Poverty and Social Justice
  • Mothering While Black
  • African Diaspora and the World
  • Mothering in the African Diaspora
  • Mothers in Movies
  • Introduction to African American Studies
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Social Problems
  • Marriage and Family
  • Birth and Parenthood (with Wendy Simonds)
  • Human Sexuality
  • Women, Health and Society
  • Sexuality in Society
  • Sexual and Intimate Violence

  • Under contract. Banton, Nicole. Nipple Matters: Black Mothers and Breastfeeding. (Ohio State University Press). 
  • Under review. Banton, Nicole. Why We Choose: The Politics of Infant Feeding Choice Among African American Mothers Submitted to Women's Reproductive Health. 
  • Banton, Nicole. 2011. On My Team? A Discussion of the Significance of Intragroup Belonging between the Researcher and the Researched. In How It's Done: An Invitation to Social Research, 4th Edition, Emily Adler and Roger Clark. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. 
  • Banton, Nicole. 2005. Book Review: Immigrant Women Tell Their Stories. By Roni Berger. SSSP Family Division Newsletter.