Joe Feagin | Professor
Ph.D. Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Racial and Ethnic Studies
  • Gender Relations
  • Urban Political Economy


I was born in San Angelo, Texas at the end of the Great Depression. I grew up in Houston, Texas, where I completed high school. Graduating from Baylor University in 1960, I then moved to Boston, Massachusetts with my partner, Clairece Booher Feagin, to begin graduate work at Harvard University in social relations (sociology). Completing the Ph.D. degree in 1966, I became an assistant professor at the University of California in Riverside.

Four years later, I accepted an associate professor position at University of Texas, where I taught for twenty years. I served as Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1974-1975). In 1990 I moved to the University of Florida, where I became the graduate research professor in sociology. In 2004 I came to Texas A&M as the Ella C. McFadden professor in sociology.

Over the years I have done research work on a variety of racism and sexism issues. Recent examples of this work can be seen in Racial and Ethnic Relations (Ninth edition; Prentice-Hall, 2011; with Clairece Booher Feagin); Latinos Facing Racism: Discrimination, Resistance, And Endurance (Paradigm Publishers, 2014; with J. Cobas); The White Racial Frame (Second edition; Routledge, 2013); Yes We Can: White Racial Framing and the Obama Presidency (Second edition, Routledge, 2013; with A. Harvey-Wingfield); White Party, White Government: Race, Class, and U.S. Politics (Routledge, 2012); Racist America (Second edition; Routledge, 2010); Two-Faced Racism: Whites in the Backstage and Frontstage (Routledge, 2007; with L. H. Picca).

My book with Harlan Hahn, Ghetto Revolts (Macmillan, 1973), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Living with Racism and White Racism have won the Gustavus Myers Center's Outstanding Human Rights Book Award.

I am past president of the American Sociological Association (ASA), which included chairing the Program Committee for the summer 2000 ASA meeting in Washington, D.C.

Courses Taught

  • Sociology – Racism and Anti-Racism
  • Sociology - Classical and Contemporary Social Theory (Seminar)
  • Sociology - African Americans (Seminar)
  • Sociology – Black and White Americans (Overview Seminar)
  • Sociology – Race, Class, and Gender (Overview Seminar)
  • Sociology – Theories of Racial and Ethnic Relations (Seminar)
  • Sociology – Classical Sociological Theory

Representative Publications

  • Latinos Facing Racism: Discrimination, Resistance, And Endurance. Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Publishers, 2014. (with J. Cobas)
  • Racist America. Third edition. New York: Routledge, 2014, forthcoming.
  • The White Racial Frame:Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter-Framing. Second edition, Routledge, February 2013.
  • White Party, White Government: Race, Class, and U.S. Politics. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • Yes We Can: White Racial Framing and the 2008 Presidential Campaign. Second edition. New York: Routledge, 2013. (with A. Harvey-Wingfield).
  • Racial and Ethnic Relations. Ninth edition. Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall, 2011. (With C. Feagin).
  • “The Obama Era, the 2012 Election, and Systemic Racism," The Society Pages. September 19, 2012, at
  • How the United States Racializes Latinos: White Hegemony and its Consequences. Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Books, 2009. (edited, with J. Cobas, J. Duany).
  • Liberation Sociology. Revised ed. Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Books, 2008. (With H. Vera). 
  • Liberation Sociology. Third edition. Boulder: Paradigm Books, 2015  (With H. Vera; K. Ducey)
  • The Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism. Second edition. Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Books, 2015. (with R. Chou)
  • Jim Crow’s Legacy: The Segregation Stress Syndrome. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015 (with R. Thompson-Miller and L. H. Picca)

Representative Awards

  • W.E.B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award (American Sociological Association, 2013).
  • Arthur Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award (American Association for Affirmative Action, 2013).
  • ASA Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities's Founder's Award for Scholarship & Service (2013).
  • Soka Gakkai International-USA Social Justice Award (2012).
  • Butler A. Jones Endowed Lecture, Cleveland State University (2007).
  • Fellow, Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality (Stanford University, 2006)
  • Center for Healing of Racism Ally Award (2006).
  • "Top Professor" (Lifetime Achievement) Award, (2013)

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