Matthew W. Hughey, phd

 
 

I joined the Department of Sociology and Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut as an Associate Professor in 2013.


My research centers on the examination of race and ethnicity, with a focus on identity formation, organizations, and the production, distribution, and consumption of mass media representations.

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April 2014: It is an honor to be nominated for chair of the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities (SREM).  My work has always been concerned with meaning and power, particularly the rationalization and reproduction of racial inequalities.  If elected, I will extend that approach to leading our section.  First, we must build solidarity.  I will strengthen alliances with sections (e.g. Asia and Asian American; Latina/o Sociology).  I know the importance of broad and inclusive networks that undermine the normative yet elite mentality that marginalizes those who do not hold top institutional degrees or ASR and AJS publications.  Second, we must bolster our new journal. The study of race and ethnicity is still marginalized at best, or under attack, at worst.  Within our field, scarce outlets for publication exist beyond an elite few.  Our new journal should break stride and serve as an outlet for our members, especially junior scholars scrapping to exercise their scholarly voice.  Third, we must engage in public sociology by creating a SREM-managed clearinghouse for pedagogical materials, sympathetic journalists, and regional movements that may employ our expertise.

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