Melissa Wooten

Associate Professor and Associate CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT

Melissa Wooten is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research lies at the theoretical intersections of organizations, social movements, and education. Her book manuscript, In the Face of Inequality: How Black Colleges Adapt (SUNY Press) uses historically black colleges as an empirical context to investigate how the social structure of race and racism affect an organization’s ability to acquire the financial and political resources it needs to survive.


Ph.D., Management & Organizations, University of Michigan, 2006
B.S., Computer Science, 1999

Research Areas

Organizations, Social Movements, Education

Selected Publications

Wooten, Melissa E. 2015. In the Face of Inequality: How Black Colleges Adapt. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Wooten, Melissa E. 2010. “Soliciting Elites: The Framing Activities of the United Negro College Fund.” Mobilization 15(3): 369-391.

Wooten, Melissa E. and Andrew J. Hoffman. 2008. “Organizational Fields: Past, Present and Future.” Pp. 130-148 in Sage Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism, edited by Royston Greenwood, Christine Oliver, Roy Suddaby and Kerstin Sahlin. London: Sage Publications.