Charles Walton, PhD

Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Sociology

Charles Walton


Carnegie 313


  • PhD Sociology, Virginia Tech (1995)
  • MS Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University (1988)
  • BA Social Sciences, Virginia Wesleyan College (1986)


Dr. Walton is interested in critical theory, deviance, the sociology of music, and the problem of representation with respect to race, class, and gender.

Recent Professional Activity

  • Publication, 2014. “You’re Equal But Different: Women and the Music of Cultural Resistance.” In L. Michie & E. Rojas (Eds.) Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism. New York: Praeger.
  • Publication, 2013. “Shel Silverstein.” In J. Edmondson (Ed.), Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture. Westport, CN.: Greenwood.
  • Publication, 2011. “Postmodern Theory and Deviance.” In C. Bryant (Ed.), Handbook of Deviant Behavior. London: Routlege.
  • Publication, 2009. “Death-Related Music.” In C. Bryant & D. Peck (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Death and Human Experience. Thousands Oaks, CA.: Sage Publications.
  • Publication, 2007. “Contemporary Theory.” In P. Shifflett & R. Haija (Eds.), Fundamentals of Sociology: Text and Reader. Kendall Hunt.
  • Publication, 2007. “The Medicalization of Domestic Violence.” In N. Jackson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence. New York and London: Routledge.
  • Paper Presentation, 2010“Don’t Call What You’re Wearing an Outfit: Stratification and Authenticity in Popular Music.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, April, 2010.