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Eli Coston

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University

About Eli

Coston's research examines how the intersections of race, class, and gender create differing experiences of marginalization and oppression for people who are LGBTQ.

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In the News

Interviewed in "Could New Virginia Policies Reduce Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes?," VCU News, November 8, 2018.
Interviewed in "My Lens + Data Matters in Justice," Race Capitol, August 1, 2018.
Interviewed in "Calls for Transparency Persist, as Richmond Police Release Data," Richmond, VA Radio, May 22, 2018.
Quoted by Ryan Persaud in "Delegate Roem and Transgender Advocates See Progress," Virginia First, May 9, 2018.


"Understanding Characteristics of Victims and Perpetrators of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes in the United States" Violence and Victims 33, no. 3 (2018): 453-471.

Examines the effects of victim and perpetrator characteristics; specifically age, race, and number of offenders, on the seriousness of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) and anti-transgender (T) hate crime incidents.

"LGBT Rights and Their Impact on Anti-LGB Hate Crimes," Equality Research Center at Eastern Michigan University, forthcoming.

Addresses the research question, is the enactment of the national state LGBT civil rights legislation related to anti-LGB hate crimes? Examines whether bans to same sex marriage laws and bias crime legislation are related to rates of anti-LGB hate crimes.