The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Joya Misra

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Provost Professor and Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Chair, Sociology & Public Policy


936 Thompson Hall


Joya Misra is a professor at the School of Policy and the Department of Sociology. She is also the director of the UMass Amherst Institute for Social Science Research.

Her research interests include inequality; race, gender, and class; work and labor; political sociology; welfare states, and research methods. Her research on work-family policies uses a cross-national perspective, with a focus on ways that social policies can entrench or remediate existing inequalities.

Misra is the vice president of the American Sociological Association. She is co-editor of The New Handbook of Political Sociology (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Gendered Lives, Sexual Beings (Sage, 2017), and Public Sociology: Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the 21st Century (University of California Press, 2007). 

Misra's research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. In 2009 she won 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 is the former editor of Gender and Society, the premier journal in the sociology of gender.

She received her PhD from Emory University.

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