SOCIOLOGIST & ENTREPRENEUR
Asheli S. Atkins received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University where she studied race & ethnic relations and organizational theory. Her research centers around strategy construction processes for marginalized entrepreneurs, with specific attention on Black entrepreneurs. Additionally, she analyzes the freelancing industry as a racialized and gendered organization.
Dr. Atkins serves as the Executive Director of Feed The Soul Foundation alongside Jonathan Howard. Feed The Soul Foundation is the non-profit arm of Black Restaurant Weeks and focuses on providing marginalized entrepreneurs in the culinary industry with business development resources. Additionally, Dr. Atkins is a Managing Partner for the Texas Culinary Center and Attucks England Consulting, LLC. Her entrepreneurial endeavors, though fulfilling, do not compare to the gratification she gains through teaching undergraduate students as a Sociology Lecturer at Prairie View A&M University.
Dr. Atkins received her BA in Communications from Prairie View A&M University, an MBA from Texas Women’s University, and her PhD from Texas A&M University.