Glasscock University Professor in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence
Ph.D. University of Chicago
- Race and Culture
- Sociology of Sport
- Sociology of the Everyday
- Urban Ethnography
REUBEN A. BUFORD MAY received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1996. His primary areas of focus are Race and Ethnicity, Urban Sociology, and the Sociology of Sport. He is interested in how some institutions shape situational contexts and how individuals within those contexts negotiate, interpret, and define race, class, culture, and identity.
May was most recently named a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Visiting Professor, in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at MIT. King Professors are chosen for their contributions to their professions, and their potential contributions to the intellectual life of MIT. In 2009, May was awarded the Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellowship at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. May spent his residency at Harvard working on his project, “Race, Class, Culture, and Urban Social Space.” His publications include three books,Talking at Trena’s: Everyday Conversation at an African American Tavern (New York University Press, 2001); Winner of the 2008, Association for Humanist Sociology, Book of the Year Award, Living Through the Hoop: High School Basketball, Race, and the American Dream (New York University Press, 2008); and Urban Nightlife: Entertaining Race, Class, and Culture in Public Space (Rutgers University Press, 2014). His work has also appeared in scholarly journals such as Qualitative Sociology, Qualitative Inquiry, Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Sociology of Sport Journal, andJournal of Ethnic and Racial Studies.
In addition to outstanding research May is the winner of numerous University undergraduate teaching awards including the Texas A&M University, Glasscock Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (2015-2018), Texas A&M University, Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in the area of Teaching (2013). He also served on the American Sociological Association, Contributions to Teaching Excellence Selection Committee (2003-2006).
- SOCI 323 – Sociology of African Americans
- SOCI 319 – Sociology of Sport
- SOCI 485 – Directed Studies
- SOCI 691 – Research (Graduate Level)
- Talking at Trena’s: Everyday Conversation at an African American Tavern (New York University Press, 2001)
- Living Through the Hoop: High School Basketball, Race, and the American Dream (New York University Press, 2008)