Joya Misra

About Me


Department of Sociology

Machmer Hall E22a

200 Hicks Way

University of Massachusetts

Amherst, MA 01003


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Joya Misra is Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Massachusetts. She currently is Vice-President of the American Sociological Association, as well as ADVANCE PI and Director of ADVANCE Programming for the UMass ADVANCE-IT project.


Her research and teaching primarily focus on social inequality, including inequalities by gender and gender identity, race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, citizenship, parenthood status, and educational level. She considers how policies may work to both reinforce and lessen inequalities; her aim is to create more equitable societies and workplaces. 


Misra's work primarily falls into the subfields of race/gender/class, political sociology, work & labor, family, and welfare states. She is also a methodologist, who uses a wide variety of qualitative, quantitative, and comparative methods. Her 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. She previously edited the journal Gender & Society, a top-ranked journal in both Gender Studies and Sociology.