Jonelle Husain, Ph.D.

Dr. Jonelle Husain is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Appalachian State where she teaches introductory courses in sociology. Jonelle earned her doctorate from Mississippi State University and has been a full-time member of the ASU Department of Sociology since 2015. She particularly enjoys working with students and introducing them to the real world applications of sociology.

Jonelle is a qualitative researcher whose dissertation research interests broadly focused on reproductive rights and the ways abortion is defined as a form of trauma in crisis pregnancy center-sponsored post abortion support groups. Through her analysis of the strategies used within these support groups, Jonelle’s research highlights how individual abortion narratives are shaped into an overarching and increasingly uniform discourse that has come to dominate the national anti-abortion platform to limit women’s reproductive choices.

More recently, Jonelle and Dr. Amy Dellinger Page in the Department of Sociology, launched the first national study of end-of-life doulas affiliated with the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA), the largest training and certification association for men and women providing care and support to dying persons and their families. After collecting survey data through a national survey, Drs. Husain and Page are conducting in-depth interviews with plans for follow-up interviews with family members of terminally ill patients.

Jonelle considers mentoring an important dimension of teaching and looks forward to supporting her students as they explore the field of sociology and career possibilities available to them in the field of sociology.

 Courses Taught

  • The Sociological Perspective
  • Social Problems in American Society
  • Constructing Bodies and Sexualities
  • Social Inequalities

Recent Publications

Husain, Jonelle and Amy Dellinger Page.  2021(under review).  "End-of-Life Doulas: Documenting their  Backgrounds and Experiences."  Omega:  Journal of Death and Dying.

Husain, Jonelle and Kimberly C. Kelly. 2016. “Trauma Rituals as Pathways to Activism: Stigma Convergence in a Post Abortion Recovery Group.” Deviant Behavior.

Scarboro, Allen and Jonelle Husain. 2015. “Constructing Transient Sacred Place: Three Cases.” The Study of Culture Through the Lens of Ritual. Edited by Logan Sparks and Paul Post. Netherlands Studies in Ritual and Liturgy 15. Amsterdam: University of Groningen.

Kelly, Kimberly C. and Jonelle Husain. 2010. “Pro-Life Movement.” The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World. Edited by Mary Zeiss Stange, Carol K. Oyster, and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Invited Featured Guest with Amy Dellinger Page for AppTV’s Religion in Life.  Season 13, Episode 7. April 29, 2021.

Invited Featured Guest with Amy Dellinger Page for AppTV’s Religion in Life. Season 13, Episode 6.  April 9, 2021.

Title: Lecturer
Department: Department of Sociology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6392

Office address
205A Chapell Wilson Hall


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