Faculty & Staff - [ Affiliated Faculty - Dr. Matthew Hughey ]
Dr. Matthew Hughey is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mississippi State University. He is a recent graduate of the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia. His research centers on the study of racial identity formation as a dynamic and ongoing process, with special attention to the connection between racial identity, racism, inequality, and relations of power. Toward this end, Dr. Hughey's research is maintained by three distinct, but mutually supportive, pillars:
- (1) the everyday practice of race; the combination of structural and dramaturgical processes by which people socially construct racial identity, make meaning of "race," and negotiate that meaning with others within the context of objective social relations of inequality;
- (2) the organization and cultural logic of racialized associations (White Identity groups, Black Fraternities and Sororities, and the Black Panther Party);
- (3) the representation of race in various mediated formats (from television and film to newsprint and internet).
Dr. Hughey's work has been published in an array of top-ranked journals such as Ethnic & Racial Studies, Social Problems, Critical Sociology, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. He also has two books forthcoming in 2010: The Obamas and a (Post) Racial America? (Foreword by Charles J. Ogletree), Oxford University Press, and African American Fraternities and Sororities: Critical and Empirical Perspectives (Foreword by Theda Skocpol), University Press of Mississippi.