Faculty Affiliate and Professor of Human and Organizational Development
Rev. Dr. Sandra L. Barnes is an ordained minister and professor with joint appointments in the Department of Human and Organizational Development and the School of Divinity at Vanderbilt University. Her areas of research and teaching include sociology of religion; inequality, as it pertains to race, class, and gender; urban sociology; statistics; and African American studies. Dr. Barnes’ most recent book, Kings of Mississippi: Race, Religious Education, and the Making of a Middle Class Black Family in the Segregated South, delivers a socio-ecological study of a rural Black farming family that rose to the middle class–and an analysis of the elements and institutions that enabled the family’s success.