Sofia Locklear

PhD Candidate - ABD

Research Interests

Sociology of Health and Medicine , Race and Ethnicity

Indigenous Peoples

Research Statement:

Sofia Locklear is a member the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and a part of the vibrate urban Native community in Seattle, WA. She earned her BA in sociology from Seattle University, her MA in sociology from the University of New Mexico, and is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of New Mexico. Her dissertation explores the social construction of white identity among individuals in the Pacific Northwest who work with American Indian and Alaska Native issues and peoples through semi-structured, in-depth interviews. This project links white individual understandings of racial formation to the larger institutional systems that uphold and perpetuate oppressive ideologies for American Indian and Alaska Native people. Sofia’s broader research areas include the Sociology of Indigenous Peoples, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, and the Sociology of Health focusing on the intersections of colonialism and Native health outcomes.

Recent/Select Publications:

Locklear, S., Harris, C., Liu., K, Yang, A., Adamson T., Dominquez., A., Echo-Hawk A. (2020) “Understanding Risk and Protective Factors Influencing Urban American Indian/Alaska Native Youth Graduation Expectations” American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research 27(1): 42-63


  • American Sociological Association, Minority Fellowship Program Fellow, 2020-2021