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)

Affiliate Faculty of the Sustainable Global Cities Initiative

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




Matthew W. Hughey 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.

The author of over 75 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 2019-2020 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)



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



A Pledge with Purpose: Black Sororities and Fraternities and the Fight for Equality (New York University Press, 2020)

Racialized Media: The Design Delivery and Decoding of Race and Ethnicity (New York University Press, 2020)

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)

Contact Information
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Curriculum Vitae Hughey.CV-45
Office Location222 Manchester Hall