Dr. Eric Anthony Grollman (they/them/theirs) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond and a Black queer non-binary scholar-activist. They are a scholar, broadly defined, placing importance on research, teaching, and service, as well as the connections among these domains of the academy.
As a scholar, Dr. Grollman investigates the impact of prejudice and discrimination on the lives of oppressed communities, particularly individuals who are marginalized in multiple ways (e.g., LGBTQ people of color). In one line of research, they study the negative effects of discrimination on victims’ mental, physical, and sexual health and well-being. In another, they examine whether discrimination shapes minorities’ social and political attitudes, particularly their feelings toward other minority groups.
As a teacher, Dr. Grollman helps students to develop a sociologically-informed view of the world, as well as the ability to understand and make use of theory and findings from research. They also encourage their students to think critically, connect course materials to current events and their own lives, and appreciate diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
As an advocate, Dr. Grollman works with community organizations and blog regularly to provide scholarly resources and knowledge, and to actively promote the dissemination of new research. They are also an intellectual activist who “speaks truth to power” about the injustices in academia through their public writing (primarily at Conditionally Accepted) and organizing (including through Sociologists for Trans Justice and efforts to end sexual violence). And, they contribute to their department, university, and discipline by serving on a number of committees and reviewing articles for academic journals.