Matthew W. Hughey

Professor of Sociology

Affiliate Faculty of the Africana Studies Institute

Affiliate Faculty of the American Studies Program

Affiliate Faculty of the Graduate Certificate and Masters Degree Program in Intersectional Indigeneity, Race, Ethnicity, & Politics (IIREP)

Affiliate Faculty of the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP)

Affiliate Faculty of the Sustainable Global Cities Initiative

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy), Sociology, University of Virginia
A.L.M. (Artibus Liberalibus Magistri | Master of Liberal Arts), Religion, Harvard University
M.Ed. (Master’s of Education), Cultural Studies, Ohio University
B.A. (Bachelor of Arts), Sociology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro




Dr. Matthew W. Hughey is Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut, where he researches the social dimensions of “race” in relation to social inequality, knowledge, media, science, and religion.  The author of over 85 peer-reviewed scholarly articles and 9 scholarly books, Professor Hughey was a co-founding Associate Editor of Sociology of Race and EthnicityHe has also received an array of awards and honors, such as the Distinguished Early Career Award by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, the Helena Znaniecki Lopata Mentoring Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and was named a 2022 Fulbright Scholar.



Member, “International Centre on Racism,” Edge Hill University (England)

Affiliate Member and Partner, “Culture, Politics, and Global Justice,” University of Cambridge (England)

International Collaborator, “Research Group on Gender, Identity, and Diversity,” University of Barcelona (Spain)

Research Associate, “Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation,” Nelson Mandela University (South Africa)



Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics (England), Fall 2022

Visiting Scholar, School of Law, University of Kent (England), May 2019

Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, Trinity College-Dublin (Ireland), Sept-Oct 2018

Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick (England), Spring 2018

Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University (USA), 2016-2017

Visiting Professor, Postgraduate School, Universiteit Van Die Vrystaat / University of the Free State (South Africa), Sept 2016


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