Prof Matthew W.Hughey
Research Associate

Matthew W. Hughey is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut (USA) where he also serves as Affiliate Faculty in the Africana Studies Institute; the American Studies Program; the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy, and; the Graduate Certificate program in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. His research focuses on the relationship between racial inequality and collective understandings of race and racism through empirical examinations of (1) white racial identity; (2) racialized organizations; (3) mass media; (4) political engagements; (5) science and technology, and; (6) public advocacy with racism and discrimination.  

Matthew has published over eighty scholarly articles and seven books, such as The White Savior Film: Content, Critics, and Consumption (Temple University Press), which received the 2016 Outstanding Publication Award from the Southwest Sociological Association; White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race (Stanford University Press), which was co-winner of the Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems in 2014; The Obamas and a (Post)Racial America? (Oxford University Press), and 12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today (The New Press), which received the 2011 Prevention for a Safer Society Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and in 2015-16 was reimagined as a theatrical performance for The Billie Holiday Theatre at The Center for Arts & Culture in Brooklyn, NY.

A frequent expert witness for legal disputes involving racial discrimination, he is an active voice in international media and has been celebrated for his contributions to the field—he has received both the Distinguished Early Career Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Mentoring Excellence Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.  Matthew has served as visiting fellow and/or professor at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University (New York, USA), The University of the Free State (South Africa), Warwick University (England), and Trinity College-Dublin (Ireland).  He is also currently a Research Associate in the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela University (South Africa).  

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