The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Joya Misra

Professor of Sociology and Public Policy


Ph.D., Sociology, Emory University, 1994

Research Areas

Race/Gender/Class, Political Sociology, Work & Labor, Welfare States, Research Methods

Selected Publications (former or current students noted by asterisk)

Joya Misra. “Categories, Structures, and Intersectional Theory.” In James W. Messerschmidt, Patricia Yancey Martin, Michael A. Messner and Raewyn Connell’s (Eds.) Gender Reckonings: New Social Theory and ResearchNew York: NYU Press. 

Eunjung Jee*, Joya Misra, and Marta Murray-Close. 2018. "The Motherhood Wage Penalty over Time: Changing Returns to Education and Experience." Journal of Marriage and Family. Forthcoming. 

Joya Misra, Mahala Dyer Stewart*, Marni Alyson Brown. 2017. Gendered Lives, Sexual Beings. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

Joya Misra, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Nilanjana Dasgupta, Gabriela Weaver, and Jennifer Normanly. “Collaboration and Gender Equity among Academic Faculty.” Social Sciences. 6(1): 25, 1-22. 

Stephanie Moller*, Joya Misra, Eiko Strader*, and Elizabeth Wemlinger. “Policy Interventions and Relative Household Income of Families with Children by Family Structure and Parental Education.” Socius. 2: 1-28.  

Joya Misra and Kyla Walters*. 2016. “All Fun and Cool Clothes? Youth Workers’ Consumer Identity in Retail Clothing.” Work & Occupations. 44(3): 294-325.

Ragini Saira Malhotra*, Joya Misra & Diego F. Leal*. 2016. “Gender and Reproductive Labor Migration in Asia, 1960–2000.”  International Journal of Sociology, 46(2): 114-140.

Michelle Budig, Joya Misra, and Irene Boeckmann*. 2016. “Work-Family Policy Tradeoffs for Mothers? Unpacking Cross-National Variation in the Motherhood Earnings Penalty.” Work & Occupations.  43(2): 119-77. 

Irene Boeckmann*, Joya Misra, and Michelle Budig. 2015. “Cultural and Institutional Factors Shaping Mothers' Employment and Working Hours in Postindustrial Countries.” Social Forces. 93(4) 1301-1333.

Selected Presentations

Thematic Session: Race, Gender, and Retail Occupations: Emotions and the Changing Workforce. Branding, Beauty, and the Changing Face of Retail Work (with Kyla Walters). American Sociological Association, Philadelphia, PA, 2018. 

The Motherhood Wage Penalty over Time: Changing Returns to Education and Experience (with Eunjung Jee and Marta Murray-Close). Population Association of America, Denver, CO, 2018. 

Gender Gap or Family Gap? The Contribution of Parenthood to the Gender Wage Gap in the U.S., 1990-2009(with Marta Murray-Close). Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Chicago, 2017. 

Thematic Session: Theorizing Frameworks and Methodologies for the Study of Intersectionality.  Methods of Intersectionality. American Sociological Association, Montreal, Canada, 2017. 

Mapping Feminized Migration Globally (with Ragini Sairi Malhotra and Diego Leal). American Sociological Association, Montreal, Canada, 2017. 

Respect and Workers' Identities in Shaping Emotional Labor in Clothing Retail (with Kyla Walters). Eastern Sociological Society, Philadelphia, PA, 2017.

Race, Gender, and Class Section Chair’s Session: How Changing the Conversation Changed Sociology: Intersectionality's Impact in the Discipline and Beyond. American Sociological Association, Seattle, WA, 2016. 

Collaboration and Gender Equity among Academic Faculty (with  Laurel Smith-Doerr, Nilanjana Dasgupta, and Gabriela Weaver). American Sociological Association, Seattle, 2016.

Frontline Retail Clothing Jobs: Low Wages, High Turnover, and Hours as Rewards (with Kyla Walters). Precarious Labor Conference, Seattle, 2016.

Triangles or Quadrangles? Multi-level Management, Customers, and Workers in Retail Service Work (with Kyla Walters). Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, 2016

Funded Projects

National Science Foundation. Collaboration and Equity: The Resources, Relationships, and Recognition (R3) Model for Advancing Women and Underrepresented Faculty in Science and Engineering. ADVANCE IT. Enobong Hannah Branch, PI (2018-2023)

Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Parenthood and the Gender Wage Gap. (2016-2017)

National Science Foundation. Faculty Workload and Rewards, ADVANCE Plan-IHE. KerryAnn O’Meara, PI. (2015-2020)

National Science Foundation. Collaborative Research: Work-Family Policy and Poverty. (2010–2011)

National Science Foundation. The Cross-National Effects of Work-Family Policies on the Wage Penalty for Motherhood Using Multi-level Models. (2009–2010)