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Antoinette Landor, PhD

Associate Professor, Millsap Professor of Diversity & Multicultural Studies, and Co-Founder, Associate Director, Center for Body Image Research and Policy (CBIRP)

118A Gwynn Hall, Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-4888
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Curriculum Vitae


  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2012-2014
  • PhD, University of Georgia, 2012
  • MS, University of Georgia, 2009
  • BA, Grambling State University, 2006


  • Landor’s research focuses on the impact of colorism and racism on individual, relational, and family health and functioning. She also examines how sociocultural factors influence the sexual and romantic relationship behaviors of adolescents and young adults. Her work has appeared in top-tier journals, such as Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Sleep Research, Journal of Youth and Adolescence and Archives of Sexual Behavior, and has been presented at domestic and international conferences, such as the European Congress of Psychology in Milan, Italy and the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development in Gold Coast, Australia.
  • She has been interviewed by NBCLX (viewership 32 million households), EBONY Magazine (readership of 11 million), Well + Good Magazine (readership of 10 million), Blakademik TV in the United Kingdom, and her research has been cited in national and international media outlets such as Psychology Today, NYMagazine, Salon, Medium, New York Daily News, and MedIndia:Network for Health. References to her work can be found in textbooks/handbooks, including Belgrave and Allison’s (2018) African American Psychology: From Africa to America (4th Edition), Cicchetti’s (2016) Developmental Psychopathology, Risk, Resilience, and Intervention (Vol. 4), New York Times Bestseller How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (2019), and courses around the country.
  • Among her research awards, Dr. Landor is the recent recipient of the prestigious President’s Award for Early Career Excellence from the University of Missouri System and the Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award. In addition, her work has received national awards, and her article— Landor & McNeil Smith, 2019— was published in one of the top five academic journals in psychology and won the 2020 Best Paper Award from the National Council on Family Relations and her article— Landor & Barr, 2018—received the Wiley Publishing Certificate of Recognition as One of the Top Downloaded Articles from Journal of Family Theory & Review.
  • Landor teaches thought-provoking courses on Black Families, Youth Culture, and Human Sexuality. She is also the recipient of several awards for teaching and mentoring including the National Undergraduate Research Mentor Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Board on Human Sciences, the Gold Chalk Award that recognizes significant contributions to the education and training of graduate students, the Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, and the Distinguished Faculty Service Award. In addition, she has served as faculty mentor to over 25 undergraduate students, including 5 McNair Scholars, 5 Psychological Sciences Honors Thesis Scholars, 2 Discover Fellows, and 2 Undergraduate Research Experience Scholars in the College of Education and Human Development.
  • Landor grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, attended Grambling State University for her undergraduate studies, and is a proud and active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Links, Incorporated (Charter Member of Central Missouri Chapter). In her spare time she enjoys international travel, listening to music, and shopping.

Research Interests

  • Sexual behavior and romantic relationships in adolescence and young adulthood
  • Skin tone and colorism
  • Family and sociocultural influences on sexual behavior and romantic relationships
  • Race-related experiences (e.g., racial socialization and discrimination)

Awards (Selected)

  • President’s Award for Early Career Excellence, University of Missouri System
  • Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award
  • Best Paper Award, National Council on Family Relations, Families and Health Section
  • National Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities, Board on Human Sciences (BoHS)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year Award, University of Missouri
  • Gold Chalk Award, Graduate Professional Council, University of Missouri
  • Early Career Research Award, Family Process Institute
  • Distinguished Faculty Service Award, College of Human and Environmental Sciences (HES), University of Missouri
  • Awarded one of the University of Missouri’s Highest Honors, “Tapped” into the Mystical Seven Secret Honor Society
  • Outstanding Mentor for Two Finalists of the 2019 Mizzou ’39 Class, University of Missouri
  • Honors Graduate Mentor, Honors Ceremony, University of Missouri (2017, 2019)
  • Honored by Mizzou’s Black Women’s Initiative for her work on Mizzou’s campus and in the Columbia area.
  • Best Proposal by a Student/New Professional Award, National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), Ethnic Minorities Section
  • Best Conference Proposal Award, National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), Research and Theory Section

Research Areas

Dr. Landor’s research broadly focuses on how family and sociocultural contexts impact adolescent and young adult development. She does this through studies that address two lines of work. The first is centered on understanding how factors from multiple ecological levels (e.g., family, religion, culture) interact to influence sexual and romantic relationship behavior, and identifying the underlying explanatory mechanisms. Her second focus is understanding how skin tone (i.e., lightness/darkness of skin color) influences family processes (e.g., parenting and racial socialization) as well as sexual and romantic relationship behavior.
  • Landor, A. M., & Smith, S. M. (in press). Skin tone trauma: Historical and contemporary influences on the health and interpersonal outcomes of African Americans. Perspectives on Psychological Science. Impact Factor: 9.305
  • Albright, D., Landor, A. M., McDaniel, J. T., Godfrey, K., Fletcher, K. L., Thomas, K. H., & Bertram, J. (in press). Sexual behaviors and health practices in a national sample of student service members/veterans. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Impact Factor: 3.223
  • Landor, A. M., Simons, L. G., Granberg, E., & Melby, J. N. (in press). Colorizing self-esteem among African American young women: Linking skin tone, parental support, and sexual health. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Impact Factor: 1.588
  • Landor, A. M., & Winter, V. R. (in press). Relationship quality and comfort talking about sex as a predictor of sexual well-being among young women. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Impact Factor: 1.697
  • *Berkley, S. & Landor, A. M. (in press). Politics of respectability and the nuanced politics of Black Family Life: Ferguson and #BlackLivesMatter. Black Families: A Systems Approach. Cognella Publishers.
  • Simons, L. G., Sutton, T. E., Landor, A. M., Barr, A., Bryant, C., & Granberg, E. (2019). Gender differences in the dating experiences of African American young adults: The challenge of forming romantic relationships within the context of power imbalance. Youth & Society. Impact Factor: 2.130
  • Landor, A. M. & Simons, L. G. (2019). Correlates and predictors of virginity among heterosexual African American young adults. Journal of Sexuality and Culture. Impact Factor: 1.100
  • Winter, V. R., & Landor, A. M. (2019). Weight (mis)perceptions and sexual health among U.S. emerging adults. Emerging Adulthood.
  • Landor, A. M. (2019). Family Theories — Social Exchange Theory and Intimate Relationships: Intersectionality and Ecological Perspectives (Invited Encyclopedia Entry). Macmillan Encyclopedia of Intimate and Family Relationships: An Interdisciplinary Approach.
  • Winter, V. R., Landor, A. M., Tete, M., Morris, K., Pevehouse-Pfeiffer, D., & Pekarek, E. (2019). Improving body image: An exploratory investigation of the 3-Dimensional Body Appreciation Mapping (3D-BAM) Intervention. Mental Health & Prevention.
  • Zeiders, K. H., Landor, A. M., *Flores, M., & *Brown, A. (2018). Microaggressions and diurnal cortisol: Examining within-person associations among African American and Latino young adults. Journal of Adolescent Health. Impact Factor: 4.860
  • Landor, A. M. & Barr, A. (2018). Politics of respectability, colorism, and the terms of social exchange in family research. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 10(2), 330-347. Impact Factor: 1.837
  • Morris, K. D., Ramseyer Winter, V. L., Landor, A. M., & Teti, M. (2018). Is it the scan? Technological implications of 3D body scanning on self-objectification. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education.
  • McNeil Smith, S. & Landor, A. M. (2018). Toward a better understanding of African American families: Development of the sociocultural family stress model. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 10(2), 434-450. Impact Factor: 1.837
  • McElroy-Heltzel, S. E., Hurt, T. R., Futris, T., Barton, A., Landor, A. M., & Sheats, K. (2018). Sources of socialization for interpersonal trust: An exploration of low-income Black adolescents’ experiences. Journal of Youth Studies. Impact Factor: 1.724
  • Landor, A. M. (2017). Beyond Black and White but still in color: Examining skin tone and marriage attitudes and outcomes among African American young adults. In Horton, Martin, Herring, Keith, and Thomas (Eds), Color struck: How race and complexion matter in the “color-blind” era. Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Sense Publishing.
  • Winter, V. R., Danforth, L. K., & Landor, A. M., & Pevehouse, D. (2017). Understanding diversity in body image among women: How race/ethnicity influences body appreciation, skin tone satisfaction, weight perception, and favorite body features. Social Work Research. Impact Factor: 1.000
  • Winter, V. R., Tete, M., Koegler, E., Brett, A., & Landor, A. M. (2017). What you see in the mirror?: Community mental health practitioners define body image. Social Work in Mental Health. Impact Factor: n/a
  • Landor, A. M., & Halpern, C. (2016). The enduring significance of skin tone: Linking skin tone, attitudes toward marriage and cohabitation, and sexual behavior. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(5), 986-1002. Impact Factor: 3.247
  • Landor, A. M., Hurt, T. R., Futris, T. G., Barton, A. W., McElroy, S. & Sheats, K. (2016). Relationship contexts as sources of socialization: An exploration of the romantic relationship experiences of economically disadvantaged African American adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(5), 1274-1284. Impact Factor: 1.588
  • Landor, A. M., & Halpern, C. (2015). Prevalence of high-risk sexual behaviors among monoracial and multiracial groups from a national sample: Are multiracial young adults at greater risk? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45(2), 467-475. Impact Factor: 3.223
  • Barton, A. W., Hurt, T. R., Futris, T. G., Sheats, K., McElroy, S., & Landor, A.M. (2015). Being committed: Conceptualizations of romantic relationship commitment among low-income African American adolescents. Journal of Black Psychology. Impact Factor: 1.551
  • Landor, A. M., Simons, L. G., Simons, R. L., Brody, G. H., Bryant, C. M., Gibbons, F. X., Granberg, E. M., & Melby, J. N. (2014). Exploring the impact of skin tone on family dynamics and race-related outcomes. Journal of Family Psychology, 27(5), 817. Impact Factor: 2.231
  • Simons, L. G., Simons, R. L., Landor, A. M., Bryant, C. M., & Beach, S.R. (2014). Factors linking childhood experiences to adult romantic relationships among African Americans. Journal of Family Psychology, 28(3), 368. Impact Factor: 2.231
  • Landor, A. M., & Simons, L. G. (2013). Why virginity pledges succeed or fail: The moderating effect of religious commitment versus religious participation on sexual behavior. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-013-9769-3. Impact Factor: 1.588
  • Landor, A. M. (2013). Marriage and Divorce in Georgia. In R. E. Emery, & J. G. Golson (Eds.), Cultural sociology of divorce. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Hurt, T. R., McElroy, S. E., Sheats, K.J., Landor, A. M., & Bryant, C. M. (2013). Married Black men’s opinions as to why Black women are disproportionately single: A qualitative study. Personal Relationships, 21(1), 88-109. Impact Factor: 0.906
  • Simons, R. L., Simons, L. G., Lei, M. K., & Landor, A. M. (2012). Relational schemas, hostile romantic relationships, and beliefs about marriage among young African American adults. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 29, 77- 101. doi: 10.1177/0265407511406897. Impact Factor: 1.697
  • Landor, A. M., Simons, L. G., Simons, R. L., Brody, G. H., & Gibbons, F. X. (2011). The role of religiosity in the relationship between parents, peers, and adolescent risky sexual behavior. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 296-309. doi: 10.1007/s10964-010-9598-2. Impact Factor: 3.247


  • Black Families (HDFS 4300/Black Studies 4300)
  • Human Sexuality Across the Lifespan (HDFS 2450)


  • Youth Cultures and Cultures of Youth (HDFS 8237)
  • Black Families (HDFS 7300)

Featured on the Why I Love Teaching at Mizzou Website, Sponsored by the Teaching for Learning Center, University of Missouri
Course highlighted in New York Times article “At University of Missouri, Black Students See a Campus Riven by Race

  • Colorism: Black History Month (January, 2021). NBC Universal (NBCLX).
  • Colorism (November, 2020). Rocki’s Reality Podcast, Motor City Women Radio, Detroit, Michigan.
  • SKIN…From Care to Colorism (September, 2020). Becoming Eva Podcast, Episode 203. Atlanta, GA.

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Interviewed by Blakademik® in the United Kingdom to Discuss Colorism
Dr. Landor on Zoom
Interviewed by Well + Good Magazine
Well + Good Magazine has a readership of 10 million a month.
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Interviewed by Kansas City Public Broadcast Station (The Filter)
Melanin: On Skin Tone and Feature Discrimination, and the Science Behind It. The Filter, Episode 6, Flatland
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Research Featured in Stephens Life Magazine
Dr. Landor and her research on colorism was featured in the Fall 2018 Issue of Stephens Life, an award-winning magazine by Stephens College. Articles titled Colorism: A Skin-Deep Conversation.
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Dr. Landor was interviewed by EBONY Magazine
Great Expectations: To Propose or Not to Propose (And Other Valentine’s Day Conundrums). EBONY Magazine (Winter 2018), p. 66 (EBONY Magazine is the No. 1 source for an authoritative perspective on the Black community. Now in its 72nd year, the monthly magazine reaches nearly 11-million readers featuring the best thinkers, trendsetters, hottest celebrities and next-generation leaders. EBONY ignites conversation, promotes empowerment and celebrates aspiration).
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