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

Affiliate Faculty of the Religious Studies Program and Minor


Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy), Sociology, University of Virginia
A.L.M. (Master of Liberal Arts), Religion, Harvard University
M.Ed. (Master of Education), Cultural Studies, Ohio University
Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies, Ohio University
Graduate Certificate, Religions of the World, Harvard University
B.A. (Bachelor of Arts), Sociology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro



Professor Hughey studies the relationship between the heterogeneous interpretations of race and the long-term staying power of racism and racial inequality in six areas: (1) identity formation; (2) science and technology; (3) religion and spirituality; (4) mass media; (5) political engagement, and (6) organizations.

The author of over 90 peer-reviewed scholarly articles and 9 scholarly books, Professor Hughey was a co-founding Associate Editor of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and is currently the editor of Sociology Compass–Race and Ethnicity.  Professor Hughey 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 2021-2022 Fulbright Scholar.


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

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

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

Affiliate Member, “International Centre on Racism,” Edge Hill University (Lancashire, United Kingdom)


Fulbright Scholar, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey (Surrey, England), 2022

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

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

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

Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick (Coventry, United Kingdom), Spring 2018

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

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

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