Antoinette Landor, PhD

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

407 Gentry Hall, Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-4888
Health and Relationships During College (HRDC) Study
Curriculum Vitae


PhD, University of Georgia, 2012; MS, University of Georgia, 2009; BA, Grambling State University, 2006.

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)

  • Distinguished Faculty Service Award, College of Human and Environmental Sciences (HES), University of Missouri.
  • Outstanding Mentor for Two Finalists of the 2019 Mizzou ’39 Class, University of Missouri.
  • Recognized as an 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, NCFR, Research and Theory Section.
  • Awarded one of the University of Missouri's Highest Honors, "Tapped" into the Mystical Seven Secret Honor Society

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"

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.

collage of Landor's media attention

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).

cover of Ebony magazine

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