House-Niamke is a doctoral student in sociology at West Virginia University and is a W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow. She has guest-lectured on Critical Race Theory (CRT) at Virginia Tech and American University. Since arriving in Morgantown, she has worked with Dr. Katie Corcoran as a summer graduate research assistant and has been invited to speak at workshops addressing systemic racism in business and technology fields. She has three papers under review, one with Dr. Corcoran concerning multiple church attendance in the United States, another with Dr. Chris Scheitle about advisor-student relationships and demographic matching across race, gender, and religious identities, and her first single-authored article about womanist interpretation of a popular Old Testament scripture and its potential implications for minoritized women.
Broadly speaking, her research interests concern power, access, and choice, across the areas of race, gender, and religion. This includes anti-racist pedagogy and identity development for melanin-dominant communities and women who participate in religious institutions. Additionally, she has published work on BIPOC teachers' resistance to CRT in curricula. She has also published work focused on incorporating Critical Race Theory into graduate policy programs as well as general policy-making.
She was recently elected Student Section Chair for the North Central Sociological Association and will serve in this role until 2023. In 2021, she presented at the Global Conference on Women and Gender, co-presented at the Black Doctoral Network and American Sociological Association Conferences on the gendered impact and interpretation of misogynistic language, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion/Religious Research Association conference. In Summer and Fall of 2021, she received funding for her project, “The Sociocultural Effects of a White Jesus on Black Christians” via The Joseph H. Fichter Research Grant through the Association of Sociology of Religion, the Korie Little Edwards Grant and the Student Research Grant from the Sociology of Religion section through the American Sociological Association. Most recently, she received the prestigious Carl del Signore Scholarship from WVU, for her master’s thesis project.