Liz Coston, Ph.D.
Coston's research focuses, generally, on the politics of visibility and identity.
Liz Coston, Ph.D., is an activist-scholar who received their doctorate in sociology from Stony Brook University, specializing in criminology, gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity. Their research examines how the intersections of race, class and gender create differing experiences of marginalization and oppression for people who are LGBTQ. Coston's research focuses, generally, on the politics of visibility and identity. The largest project to come out of this focus is on anti-LGBTQ hate violence—specifically, how structural visibility from LGBTQ public policy decisions impact rates of violence and how further marginalization due to race, class and gender create differing experiences for victimization.
Coston is also actively involved in a community-engaged research project aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in the Richmond Police Department. The Richmond Transparency and Accountability Project is a collaboration between Southerners on New Ground, the Legal Aid Justice Center, New Virginia Majority and the Advancement Project as a response to community-driven requests for data regarding policing in Richmond. Coston’s role in this project has been to analyze the publicly available RPD data for racial disparities, prepare policy briefs regarding the findings of those analyses and to make recommendations regarding future data collection and release efforts.