JeffriAnne Wilder, Ph.D. is a sociologist and leading scholar specializing in diversity, race relations and issues of women’s empowerment.


She is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at the University of North Florida.  She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida.

In addition to her studies in sociology, JeffriAnne also completed a PhD concentration in Women's Studies and Gender Research from the University of Florida. JeffriAnne completed her MA in Sociology from Cleveland State University, and a BA from Allegheny College. 

JeffriAnne was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.


JeffriAnne regularly speaks on race, gender, and diversity issues, including:

  • Women, Leadership, and Empowerment

  • Diversity in Higher Education

  • College Success

  • Women of Color in Higher Education

  • The Intersections of Race, Gender, and Social Justice

  • Colorism in American Society

Courtesy TED x Jacksonville

Courtesy TED x Jacksonville


As a public scholar and diversity expert, she is frequently called by the media for her perspective and commentary on a broad range of social, political, and cultural issues - from hip-hop to racial profiling to higher education.


JeffriAnne is very passionate about connecting sociology to the everyday issues occurring within our society, especially issues that impact women, girls, and communities of color. As an advocate for social justice, JeffriAnne has been the recipient of many research and teaching awards, and her work has been published in an array of academic journals and publications.