Joya Misra

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty Joya Misra

Joya Misra

Sociology/School of Public Policy


1034 Thompson Hall


(413) 545-5969

Joya Misra is Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts. She conducts research on work-family policies using a cross-national perspective, with a focus on ways that social policies can entrench or remediate existing inequalities. Three major grants from the National Science Foundation since 2006 have helped to support Misra’s research, which in 2009 garnered her the inaugural World Bank/Luxembourg Income Study Gender Research Award. Her work has appeared in the American Sociological ReviewAmerican Journal of Sociology, Gender and SocietySocial Problems, and numerous other publications. She also is the co-editor of Public Sociology: Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the 21st Century. In 2010, Misra was named the new editor of Gender and Society, the premier journal in the sociology of gender.

Research interests: 

social policy, gender/race/class inequality, welfare


Ph.D. in Sociology: Emory University, 1994

Courses taught: 

PubP&A 607: Policy Methods; PubP&A 601: Politics of the Policy Process; PUBP&A 654: Gender and Social Policy; PubP&A 697f: Gender & Social Policy 654; PubP&A 610: Capstone


Global gender wage gap; motherhood wage gap; family-work public policies