Devon Goss

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Devon Goss is a sociologist specializing in the areas of race and ethnicity, the family, and sports. She completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of Connecticut in Sociology with a graduate certificate in Feminist Studies. 

Much of her research centers on the experiences of those who cross racial boundaries. Her co-authored book with SunAh Laybourn, Diversity in Black Greek-Letter Organizations: Breaking the Line (2018), explored non-black members of African American sororities and fraternities. Previously, she documented the impact of racial ideology on members of transracial families, the experiences of white students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the racial motivations of white expats in Mexico. Beyond sociology, she enjoys gymnastics, listening to podcasts, and playing with her pugs, Gigi and Bridget. 


BA| University of Portland| 2009

MS| Lewis & Clark College| 2012

MA| University of Connecticut| 2014

PhD| University of Connecticut| 2018

Courses Taught

SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

SOC 247: Racial and Ethnic Relations

SOC 260: Sociology of Sports 

SOC 307E: Sociology of Education

DSC 101: Intimacies in Contemporary Society 


Goss, Devon R. 2022. "The Complexities of Mixed Families: Transracial Adoption as a Humanitarian Project." Genealogy 6(2): 33.

Goss, Devon R. 2021. “Using Institutional Archives to Unsettle Racial Pasts.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 7(4): 594-599.

Goss, Devon R. 2021. “Ivory in an Ebony Tower: White Students at HBCUs.” Identities 28(6): 674-689.

Gonzalez-Sobrino, Bianca, and Devon R. Goss, eds. 2019. The Mechanisms of Racialization Beyond the Black/White Binary. New York: Routledge.

Goss, Devon R. 2019. "'It's Like Going Back in Time: How White Retirees Use Expatriation to Reclaim White Dominance." Sociological Perspecties 62(4): 538-553.

Laybourn, SunAh M., and Devon R. Goss. 2018. Diversity in Black Greek-Letter Organizations: Breaking the Line. New York: Routledge.

Goss, Devon R. 2018. “‘People’s Heads Don’t Even Go There:’ Public Perceptions to Transracial Familial Intimacy.” The Sociological Quarterly 59(1): 111-127.

Hughey, Matthew W., and Devon R. Goss. 2018. “Sociological Interpretations of the Relationship and Influence between W.E.B. Du Bois and Max Weber.” The American Sociologist 49(2): 181-217.

Laybourn, SunAh M., Devon R. Goss, and Matthew W. Hughey. 2017. “‘You’re Either One of Us or You’re Not:’ Racial Hierarchy and Non-Black Members of Black Greek-Letter Organizations.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 3(4): 552-565.

Goss, Devon R., W. Carson Byrd, and Matthew W. Hughey. 2017. “Racial Authenticity and Familial Acceptance Among Transracial Adoptees: A Bothersome Bargain of Belonging.” Symbolic Interaction 40(2): 147-168.

Hughey, Matthew W. and Devon R. Goss. 2015. “A Level Playing Field? Media Constructions of Athletics, Genetics, and Race.”  The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 661(1): 182-211.