The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Joya Misra

Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)


Ph.D., Sociology, Emory University, 1994

Research Areas

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

Selected Publications (former or current students noted by asterisk)


Joya Misra and Kyla Walters*. 2022. Walking Mannequins: How Race and Gender Inequalities Shape Retail Clothing Work.  Berkeley, CA:University of California Press. 

Thomas Janoski, Cedric de Leon, Joya Misra, and Isaac Martin. 2020. The New Handbook of Political Sociology. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. 

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

Dan Clawson, Robert Zussman, Joya Misra, Naomi Gerstel, Randall Stokes, and Doug Anderton (Eds.). 2007. Public Sociology: Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the 21st CenturyBerkely, CA: University of California Press. 


Ember Skye Kanelee,* Joya Misra, and Ethel Mickey. Forthcoming, “Fostering Inclusion for Black Faculty.”  Understanding and Dismantling Privilege.               

Joya Misra, KerryAnn O’Meara, Alexandra Kuvaeva, Dawn Kiyoe Culpepper, and Audrey Jaeger. 2021. “Gendered and Racialized Perceptions of Faculty Workload.” Gender & Society. 35(3): 358-394.

Joya Misra, Celeste Vaughan Curington, *and Venus Mary Green.* 2021 “Methods of Intersectional Research.” Sociological Spectrum.  41(1)9-28.  

Joya Misra, Ethel Mickey, and Dessie Clark. “Addressing and Documenting Pandemic Impacts.” ADVANCE Journal. 2(2).

Joya Misra. 2020.  “Women, Politics, and Gender Inequality.” Western New England Law Review. 42(3):397-417.

KerryAnn O’Meara , Elizabeth Beise , Dawn Culpepper , Joya Misra & Audrey Jaeger. 2020.“Faculty Work Activity Dashboards: A Strategy to Increase Transparency.” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 52:(3)34-42.

Joya Misra and Mary Bernstein. 2020. "Sexuality, Gender, and Social Policy. In Thomas Janoski, Cedric de Leon, Joya Misra, and Isaac Martin's The New Handbook of Political Sociology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Thomas Janoski, Cedric de Leon, Joya Misra, and Isaac Martin. 2020. “Introduction.” In Thomas Janoski, Cedric de Leon, Joya Misra, and Isaac Martin’s TThe New Handbook of Political Sociology.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  

Dawn Culpepper, Sarah Kilmer, KerryAnn O’Meara, Joya Misra, and Audrey J. Jaeger. 2020. “Terrapin Time Initiative: A Workshop to Enhance Alignment between Faculty Work Priorities and Time Use.” Innovative Higher Education. 45: 165-79. 

KerryAnn O'Meara. Courtney Lennarz, Alexandra Kuvaeva, Audrey Jaeger, and Joya Misra. 2019. "Department Conditions and Practices Associated with Faculty Workload Satisfaction and Perceptions of Equity." Journal of Higher Education. 90(5): 744-772. 

Eunjung Jee*, Joya Misra, and Marta Murray-Close. 2019. "Motherhood Penalties in the U.S., 1986-2014." Journal of Marriage and Family. 81(2) 434-449. 

Diego F. Leal,* Ragini Saira Malhotra*, and Joya Misra. 2019. "Visualizing Feminized International Migration Flows." Socius. 5:1-3. 

KerryAnn O'Meara, Audrey Jaeger, Joya Misra, and Courtney Lennarz. 2018. "Undoing Disparities in Faculty Workloads: a Randomized Trial Experiment." PlosOne 13(12): e0207316. 

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. 

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. 

Selected Presentations

Panelist for Old School or New School? Innovations in Political Sociology, American Sociological Association, New York, NY, 2019. 

Methods of Intersectional Research (with Celeste Vaughan Curington and Venus Mary Green). American Sociological Association, New York, NY, 2019. 

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

ARC Network: A STEM Equity Brain Trust. Gender, Race, Workload, and Leadership in STEM. (2020-2021)

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)