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Dr. Eric Anthony Grollman
Dr. Eric Anthony Grollman
Associate Professor of Sociology
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Board Member

Dr. Eric Anthony Grollman (they/them/theirs) is an Associate Professor at the University of Richmond and a Black queer non-binary scholar-activist. They are a scholar, broadly defined, placing importance on research, teaching, and service, as well as the connections among these domains of the academy.

As a scholar, Dr. Grollman investigates the impact of prejudice and discrimination on the lives of oppressed communities, particularly individuals who are marginalized in multiple ways (e.g., LGBTQ people of color). In one line of research, they study the negative effects of discrimination on victims’ mental, physical, and sexual health and well-being. In another, they examine whether discrimination shapes minorities’ social and political attitudes, particularly their feelings toward other minority groups.

As a teacher, Dr. Grollman helps students to develop a sociologically-informed view of the world, as well as the ability to understand and make use of theory and findings from research. They also encourage their students to think critically, connect course materials to current events and their own lives, and appreciate diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

As an advocate, Dr. Grollman works with community organizations and blog regularly to provide scholarly resources and knowledge, and to actively promote the dissemination of new research. They are also an intellectual activist who “speaks truth to power” about the injustices in academia through their public writing (primarily at Conditionally Accepted) and organizing (including through Sociologists for Trans Justice and efforts to end sexual violence). And, they contribute to their department, university, and discipline by serving on a number of committees and reviewing articles for academic journals.

Grants and Fellowships

Course Transformation Grant, Program for Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness, University of Richmond, 2014.

Ford Foundation Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship, 2010-2013.

Diversity Fellows Program, University of Wisconsin, 2010.

National Sexuality Resource Center grant to create a Campus Coalition for Sexual Literacy chapter (Indiana University), 2008-2009.


2016: Faculty Ally of the Year (for LGBTQ students), Office of Common Ground, University of Richmond

Best Dissertation Award, Section on Mental Health, American Sociological Association. 2014.

SAGE Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award, 2013.

Karl F. Schuessler Award for Graduate Research, Department of Sociology, Indiana University, 2012.

1st Place Graduate Student Paper Competition Award, Midwest Sociological Society, 2012.

Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award, Department of Sociology, Indiana University, 2011.


“Sexual Orientation Differences in Women’s and Men’s Gender Attitudes.” American Sociological Association annual meeting. Montréal, Québec, Canada. 2017.

“Sexual Orientation Differences in Attitudes about Sexuality, Race, and Gender.” Sociologists for Women in Society winter meeting. Memphis, TN. 2016.

“Measuring Discrimination: ‘Discrimination’ versus ‘Unfair Treatment’ Question Wording and Health.” Southern Sociological Society. New Orleans, LA. 2015.

“Open Scholarship as Intellectual Activism.” Panel on Open Scholarship, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. 2014.

“Sexual Health and Interpersonal Discrimination among Heterosexual Youth.” American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA. 2014.

Panelist, Virginia Anti-Violence Project's discussion of treatment of transgender individuals by correctional facilities. University of Richmond, June 2014.

“The Social Costs of Gender Non-Conformity for Transpeople: Implications for Discrimination and Health-Harming Behaviors.” American Sociological Association. Denver, CO (with Lisa R. Miller). 2012.

“Does Sexuality Matter? A Comparison of Heterosexuals’ and Sexual Minorities’ Sociopolitical Attitudes.” American Sociological Association. Denver, CO. 2012.

“Multiple Forms of Perceived Discrimination and Health Among Adolescents and Young Adults.” American Sociological Association. Las Vegas, NV. 2011.

“Anti-LGBTQ Bullying and Harassment: Renewed Attention to an Old Problem,” introduction for the session. Society for the Study of Social Problems. Las Vegas, NV. 2011.

American Sociological Association
Scholars Strategy Network
Sociologists for Women in Society
Southern Sociological Society
Institutional Service

Founding co-chair, Sociologists for Trans Justice

Founder and former editor, blog.

Search Committee Member for Associate Director of LGBTQ Campus Life, Office of Common Ground, University of Richmond. 2016.

Co-Facilitator, enVision: A Social Justice Leadership Retreat, University of Richmond. 2015.

Advisory Group Member, Terms of Racial Justice, University of Richmond. 2013-present.

Member, Department Search Committee, University of Richmond. 2014.

Whitaker, Manya, and Eric Anthony Grollman. 2019. Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics: Bravery, Vulnerability, and Resistance. New York, NY: Routledge.

Sumerau, J. E., Eric Anthony Grollman, and Ryan Cragun. 2018. “‘Oh My God, I Sound Like a Horrible Person’: Contemporary Christians and the Conditional Acceptance of Sexual and Gender Diversity.” Symbolic Interaction 41(1): 62-82.

Grollman, Eric Anthony. 2018 “Sexual Orientation Differences in Whites’ Racial Attitudes.” Sociological Forum 33(1): 186-210.

Grollman, E.A. 2017. Americans’ Gender Attitudes at the Intersection of Sexual Orientation and Gender. Journal of Homosexuality.

Grollman, Eric Anthony and Nao Hagiwara. 2017. “Measuring Self-Reported Discrimination: Trends in Question Wording Used in Publicly Accessible Datasets.” Social Currents 4 (4): 287-305.

Grollman, Eric Anthony. 2017. “Sexual Orientation Differences in Attitudes About Sexuality, Race, and Gender.” Social Science Research 61: 126-41.

Grollman, Eric Anthony. 2017. "Sexual Health and Multiple Forms of Discrimination Among Heterosexual Youth." Social Problems 64: 156–175. doi: 10.1093/socpro/spw031  
Video about article

Miller, Lisa R., and Eric Anthony Grollman. 2015. "The Social Costs of Gender Non-Conformity for Transgender Adults: Implications for Discrimination and Health." Sociological Forum 30: 809-31. Download the PDF.

Grollman, Eric Anthony. 2014. “Multiple Disadvantaged Statuses and Health: The Role of Multiple Dimensions of Discrimination.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 55: 3-19.

Meyer, Doug, and Eric Anthony Grollman. 2014. “Sexual Orientation and Fear at Night: Gender Differences among Sexual Minorities and Heterosexuals.” Journal of Homosexuality.

Grollman, Eric Anthony. 2012. “Multiple Forms of Perceived Discrimination and Health among Adolescents and Young Adults.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 53: 199-214.

Lottes, Ilsa L., and Eric Anthony Grollman. 2010. “Conceptualization and Assessment of Homonegativity.” International Journal of Sexual Health 22: 219-33.

Grollman, Eric Anthony. 2008. “Old-Fashioned and Modern Homonegativity within an American College Student Sample.” UMBC Review: Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works 9: 76-101.


Grollman, Eric Anthony. 2018. “Black, Queer, and Beaten: On the Trauma of Graduate School.” Pp. 159-171 in Negotiating the Emotional Challenges of Conducting Deeply Personal Research in Health, edited by A. C. H. Nowakowski and J. E. Sumerau. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.


Culatta, Elizabeth, Daniel B. Shank, Eric Anthony Grollman, and Alec Watts. 2012. “Social Psychology Graduate Student Advisory Report on a Survey of Student Members.” Graduate Student Advisory Committee, Section on Social Psychology, American Sociology Association.


Grollman, Eric Anthony, and Laurel Westbrook. 2017. “Promoting Transgender Justice through Sociology.” Footnotes (newsletter of the American Sociological Association) 45(3): 12.

Miller, Lisa R., and Eric Anthony Grollman. 2016. “Discrimination as an Obstacle to the Wellbeing of Transgender Americans.” SSN Key Findings, Scholars Strategy Network.

Grollman, Eric Anthony. 2014 “How Discrimination Hurts Health and Personal Wellbeing.” SSN Key Findings, Scholars Strategy Network.

Grollman, Eric Anthony. 2013. “Blogging for (A) Change.” Remarks, Newsletter for the Section on racial and Ethnic Minorities, American Sociological Association.


Grollman, Eric Anthony. 2010. Bystander Intervention Curriculum. A report on sexual violence prevention curricula for Middle Way House, Bloomington, IN.

Ph.D., Indiana University 2013
M.A., Indiana University 2009
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2007
Sociology and Psychology
Contact Information
302E Weinstein Hall
(804) 287-6816
Areas of Expertise
Race and Ethnicity
Medical Sociology
Mental Health
Social Psychology
Research Methodology