Joya Misra

About Me

Joya Misra is Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts. She currently is Vice-President elect of the American Sociological Association.


Department of Sociology

Thompson Hall 1034

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. From 2011-2015, I edited the journal Gender & Society, a top-ranked journal in both Gender Studies and Sociology. My public sociology work has appeared in a variety of venues.

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 am currently Vice-President Elect of the American Sociological Association, and 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 primarily falls into the subfields of race/gender/class, political sociology, work & labor, family, and welfare states.