Joya Misra
 

About Me



Joya Misra is Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts.


Contact

Department of Sociology

Thompson Hall 1034

200 Hicks Way

University of Massachusetts

Amherst, MA 01003

(413)545-5969

misra at soc.umass.edu

 
 

My work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Gender & Society, Social Forces, Social Problems, and numerous other professional journals and edited volumes. I edited the journal Gender & Society, a top-ranked journal in both Gender Studies and Sociology, from 2011-2015. My public sociology work has appeared in a variety of venues, including an op-ed in the New York Times, and recent quotes to my work appear in pieces on CBS news and Nature.


I am also deeply engaged in working with students, and especially proud of my College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award (2004-05), UMass Sociology Mentoring Award (2009-2010, 2014-15), and Sociologists for Women in Society Mentoring Award (2010). 


I have been involved in many governance activities for the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, and Society for the Study of Social Problems. I was a member of the governing Council of the American Sociological Association from 2010-13 and the 2010-2011 Chair of the Race, Gender, and Class section of the American Sociological Association, and have served on the Councils for the ASA Political Sociology Section, Race, Gender, and Class Section, and Political Economy of the World-Systems section.

My research and teaching primarily focus on social inequality, including inequalities by gender and gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, citizenship, parenthood status, and educational level. I try to understand the role that policies play in both mediating and entrenching inequality, and my aim is to create more equitable societies. In all of my work, I consider how policies may work to both reinforce and lessen inequalities. My work falls into the subfields of political sociology, economic sociology, public policy, work & labor, family, race/gender/class, comparative historical sociology, and welfare states.