Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder is a sociologist and leading scholar specializing in diversity, race relations and women’s empowerment. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida. In addition to her studies in sociology, Dr. Wilder also completed a Ph.D. concentration in Women's Studies and Gender Research. Dr. Wilder completed her M.A. in Sociology from Cleveland State University, and a B.A. from Allegheny College.
As a public scholar and diversity expert, Dr. Wilder is frequently called upon by television, radio and print media for her perspective and commentary on a broad range of social, political and cultural issues, from hip-hop to racial profiling to higher education. Dr. Wilder is very passionate about connecting sociology to the everyday issues occurring within our society, especially issues that impact women, girls and communities of color.
As an advocate for social justice, Dr. Wilder is the recipient of many research, teaching and leadership awards, and her work has been published in an array of academic journals and publications.
From 2008-2018, Dr. Wilder served on the faculty at the University of North Florida as a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations.
Prior to joining the Shaker Heights Schools, Dr. Wilder served as a Senior Research Scientist & Director of Resources for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). NCWIT is the only national non-profit focused on women's participation in computing across the entire ecosystem, helping more than 1,100 organizations recruit, retain and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing support, evidence and action.
Dr. Wilder was born and raised in Cleveland. She graduated from Hathaway Brown School.