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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Currently, I am the editor of the journal, Gender & Society, a top-ranked journal in both Gender Studies and Sociology. My aim for the journal has been to develop our global and transnational linkages, and to create more opportunities for wider publics to engage with the journal, such as the G&S Blog.  My work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Gender & Society, Social Problems, and numerous other professional journals and edited volumes. I have won awards for my research, including the World Bank/Luxembourg Income Study Gender Research Award (2009, with Michelle Budig).

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), and Sociologists for Women in Society Mentoring Award (2010).  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. 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.


My research and teaching primarily focuses on inequality. As a political sociologist, I try to understand why poverty and labor market inequalities differ across countries and over time, studying how politics, policies, social movements, and cultural contexts lead to different outcomes, with an aim to creating more equitable societies. In all of my work, I consider how policies may work to both reinforce and mediate inequalities. Gender is a central lens for my analyses, although I also explore class, race/ethnicity, nationality, citizenship, and the intersections of these statuses.