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Townsand Price-Spratlen

Townsand Price-Spratlen

Townsand Price-Spratlen

Associate Professor of Sociology



118 Townshend Hall
1885 Neil Avenue Mall
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Historical Community Capacity
  • Sociology of Religion


  • Ph.D. University of Washington, 1993

Townsand Price-Spratlen (Ph.D. University of Washington, 1993) is Associate Professor of Sociology; he also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of African American and African Studies. His research analyzes resilience and community capacity building, how individual and organizational assets are brought together to improve health and well-being. His historical capacity building work explores how NAACP activism and other cultural resources shaped 20th century African American urbanization. His contemporary work focuses on marginalized populations, incarceration, and related health disparities. His most recent book (2022, SUNY Press), Addiction, Recovery and Resilience: Faith-Based Health Services in an African American Community analyzes best practices for long-term recovery through organizational collaborations and communal resilience. His (2015) book, Nurturing Sanctuary: Community Capacity Building in African American Churches, explores youth-centered, faith-based partnerships for prevention and improved urban community health. His (2012) book, Reconstructing Rage: Transformative Reentry in the Era of Mass Incarceration (with William Goldsby) evaluates principled transformations for quality post-prison outcomes and improved well-being to help deconstruct the carceral state. His current research assesses how Medicaid access and health services inform the family and housing stability, civic engagement, and the health and well-being of returning citizens and low-income families in Ohio.