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. 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.