Joya Misra

About Me

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


Department of Sociology

Thompson Hall

200 Hicks Way

University of Massachusetts

Amherst, MA 01003


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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 focuses on inequality. As a political sociologist, I try to understand labor market inequalities, including how they vary by factors like race, gender, nationality, citizenship, education, and parenthood status, and how they differ across countries and over time. My aim is create more equitable societies. In all of my work, I consider how policies may work to both reinforce and lessen inequalities. Gender is a central lens for my analyses, although I also explore its intersections with many other statuses.