Chriss Sneed serves as Managing Director at CURE. In this role, they oversee and implement organizational strategy and management, bolster CURE’s research design and practice, support curriculum development, co-facilitate programs, and uplift knowledge-sharing activities.
Before joining CURE, Chriss held many academic posts. In addition to teaching within the Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies departments at University of Connecticut, Connecticut College, and St. John’s University (Queens), they have also been a Visiting Instructor of African American Studies at Wesleyan University. Chriss has also taken on many leadership positions within university and organizational settings, most recently serving as past Student Representative for Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS).
As a scholar, Chriss has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards including a Fulbright Research Award, Sociologist for Women in Society’s Chow-Green Dissertation Scholarship, and the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center (Mt. Holyoke) Research Associate visiting scholar program. Their work – which uses qualitative methods to interrogate social processes, power, and the material residues of structural inequality both broadly and specifically centering Black LGBTQ folks – has been published in multidisciplinary journals and edited volumes.
Chriss earned a B.A. in Sociology, with a dual minor in Women’s Studies and Psychology, from St. John’s University (Queens). Chriss is currently a Sociology Ph.D. Candidate at University of Connecticut, where they earned their M.A. in Sociology and pursued graduate certificates in Feminist Studies and Human Rights. Committed to their various and overlapping communities, Chriss is on the Board of Directors of the Audre Lorde Project, a community-organizing center for LGBTSTGNC people of color in New York City.