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Tangela Towns

Position: Assistant Professor Department: Behavioral Sciences

Contact Info

Office: 107 West Modular Unit Phone: 336-750-8802


Dr. Tangela Towns teaches a number of courses in the Sociology discipline. At Winston-Salem State University, Dr. Towns teaches courses in the area of Medical Sociology, General Sociology, and Sociology of Mental Illness. Her research interests include health disparities, class, race, ethnicity, health behaviors, diabetes and obesity in minority communities, cultural competence, social inequalities, and minority health outcomes. She serves as co- advisor to the Sociology Club, where she works with students on a number of service projects, forums, social movements, and community activities.

Educational Background

  • PhD Sociology, 2013, University of Central Florida
  • MA Applied Sociology, 2009, University of Central Florida
  • BS Sociology, 2006, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Research and Project Interests

  • Health disparities
  • Class, race, and ethnicity
  • Health behaviors, diabetes and obesity in minority communities
  • Cultural competence
  • Social inequalities
  • Minority health outcomes

Towns, Tangela. 2013. “Barriers to Care: Health Promotion among Hispanic Men”. Sociology Compass 7/10. Pp 854-865