Matthew Hughey

Matthew Hughey

Associate Professor of Sociology
Adjunct Faculty of the Africana Studies Institute and the American Studies Program

Office: 222 Manchester Hall
Telephone: 860 486-3364

PhD, 2009, Sociology, University of Virginia
MEd, 2002, Cultural Studies, Ohio University
BA, 1999, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Professor Hughey received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he served as a research fellow with the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and held the position of Instructor for the Departments of Sociology, Media Studies, and African American Studies.

He studies the relationship between the varied interpretations of racial meanings and the prevailing structures of racism and racial inequality, through: (1) white racial identity; (2) racialized organizations; (3) mass media racial representations; (4) public and political engagements with race, and; (5) advocacy and engagement with racism and discrimination.

His scholarly articles have appeared in journals such as The ANNALS of the American Academy of Social and Political Science; American Behavioral Scientist; Social Problems; Social Psychology Quarterly; Symbolic Interaction; Journal of Contemporary Ethnography; The Sociological Quarterly; Contexts; Law & Social Inquiry; Du Bois Review; Ethnic and Racial Studies; Ethnicities and; Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

Professor Hughey is currently a member of the executive committee for the Eastern Sociological Society and is chair-elect of the Division of Racial and Ethnic Minorities for the Society for the Study of Social Problems. He also serves on the editorial boards for Social Problems, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Humanity & Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies and he is a co-founding Associate Editor of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity—the first race-related, official journal of the American Sociological Association.

In 2014, Professor Hughey was awarded the Distinguished Early Career Award by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities.


The White Savior Film: Content, Critics, and Consumption (Temple University Press, 2014)

The Wrongs of the Right: Language, Race, and the Republican Party in the Age of Obama (New York University Press, 2014)

Race and Ethnicity in Secret and Exclusive Social Orders: Blood and Shadow (Taylor & Francis, 2014)

White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race (Stanford University Press, 2012)

The Obamas and a (Post) Racial America? (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Black Greek-Letter Organizations, 2.0 (University Press of Mississippi, 2011)

12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today (The New Press, 2010)