Matthew W. Hughey

Associate Professor of Sociology

Adjunct Faculty of the Africana Studies Institute

Adjunct Faculty of the American Studies Program

Adjunct Faculty of the Graduate Certificate and Masters Degree programs in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (REP)

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

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




Matthew W. Hughey is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut.  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; (4) political movements; (5) science and technology, and; (6) advocacy and engagement with racism and discrimination.

He has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals, such as The Annals of the American Academy of Social and Political Science; American Behavioral Scientist; Contexts; Du Bois Review; Ethnic and Racial Studies; Ethnicities; Identities; Journal of Contemporary Ethnography; Law & Social Inquiry; Social CurrentsSocial Problems; Social Psychology Quarterly; Sociological Forum; The Sociological QuarterlySociology of Race and Ethnicity, and; Symbolic Interaction. 

Professor Hughey is active in the American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society, International Sociological Association, and Society for the Study of Social Problems.  He also serves on the editorial boards for Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and Ethnic and Racial Studies.  He was a co-founding Associate Editor of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and is current editor of Sociology Compass–Race and Ethnicity. 

He has been honored to receive the Distinguished Early Career Award by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Helena Znaniecki Lopata Mentoring Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.



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)



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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Curriculum Vitae Hughey.CV-45
Office Location222 Manchester Hall