Joe Feagin

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Dr. Joe Feagin
Born San Angelo, Texas, United States
Nationality United States
Fields Sociology
Institutions Texas A&M University
University of Florida
Alma mater Harvard University
Baylor University
Notable awards Nomination for Pulitzer Prize

Joe R. Feagin is a U.S. sociologist and social theorist who has conducted extensive research on racial and gender issues, especially in regard to the United States.

Early life[edit]

He was born in San Angelo, Texas, but spent most of his childhood and adolescence in Houston, TX in the area now known as West University Place. He attended Mirabeau B. Lamar High School.


After completing his undergraduate education at Baylor University in 1960, Feagin moved to Boston where he went on to earn his Ph.D. in sociology (social relations) from Harvard University in 1966. He taught at University of California (Riverside), the University of Texas (Austin), and was the Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.[1] Currently, he is the Ella C. McFadden Professor of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University.[2] His research and teaching interests concern mainly the development and structure of racial and gender prejudice and discrimination, especially institutional and systemic discrimination and racism.


His books have won numerous national and professional association awards. His book Ghetto Revolts (Macmillan 1973), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is the 2006 recipient of a Harvard Alumni (HDS) Association lifetime achievement award and was the 1999–2000 president of the American Sociological Association[3]


He is author of over 190 research articles and 50 plus books on racial, gender, and urban issues. Among his books are:

  • Systemic Racism: A Theory of Oppression (Routledge 2013),
  • Social Problems: A Power-Conflict Perspective (6th ed., Prentice-Hall, 2006);
  • Liberation Sociology, with Hernan Vera (Paradigm Books, 2008);
  • Racist America[4](Routledge 2014);
  • Latinos Facing Racism: Discrimination, Resistance, and Endurance. with Jose A. Cobas (Paradigm Publishers 2014);
  • The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism, with Debra Van Ausdale (Rowman & Littlefield 2001);
  • Racial and Ethnic Relations[5], with Clairece Booher Feagin (8th ed.; Prentice-Hall 2007);
  • The Many Costs of Racism, with Karyn McKinney (Rowman & Littlefield 2003);
  • White Men on Race, with Eileen O'Brien (Beacon 2003);
  • Black in Blue: African-American Police Officers and Racism, with Kenneth Bolton (Routledge 2004).
  • "The White Racial Frame: Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter-Framing " (2nd ed., Routledge, 2013.)
  • "Yes We Can: White Racial Framing and the 2008 Presidential Campaign." with A. Harvey-Wingfield (2nd ed., Routledge, 2013.)
  • "White Party, White Government: Race, Class, and U.S. Politics" (Routledge, 2012)

In 2007 he finished a book titled Two-Faced Racism[6](with Leslie Houts Picca, Routledge, 2007) dealing with how whites act differently in public and private on racial matters.

In 2008, he published a book about Asian Americans with Rosalind S. Chou titled Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism (Paradigm Publishers, 2008).

Recent Public Contributions[edit]

In 2007, Feagin along with Jessie Daniels at Hunter College in NYC [7] launched Racism Review [7] a website designed to provide a credible and reliable source of information for journalists, students and members of the general public who are seeking solid evidence-based research and analysis of “race,” racism, ethnicity, and immigration issues, especially as they undergird and shape U.S. society within a global setting.

Professional experience[edit]

Previous Positions[edit]

  • Graduate Research Professor, University of Florida, 1990–2004
  • Professor of Sociology, University of Texas (Austin), 1975–1990
  • Scholar-in-Residence, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1974–1975
  • Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Texas (Austin), 1970–1974


  • American Sociological Association
  • Sociologists for Women in Society
  • Association of Black Sociologists
  • Sociologists without Borders

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Nomination for Pulitzer Prize (Ghetto Revolts)
  • Scholar-in-Residence, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1974–1975.
  • Sociological Research Association, 1986–present.
  • Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Scholar (Baylor University)
  • Gustavus Myers Center Outstanding Human Rights Book Award, 1995 (Living with Racism)
  • Gustavus Myers Center Outstanding Human Rights Book Award, 1996 (White Racism: The Basics)
  • American Sociological Association, Oliver C. Cox Book Award, 1996 (White Racism: The Basics)
  • University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, 1997–1999
  • Honorary Life Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1999
  • Robert and Helen Lynd Award for Lifetime Contribution to Community and Urban Sociology, 2000
  • Special Award, Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, for Racist America and lifetime of work in racial and ethnic relations, 2002
  • Choice award for Liberation Sociology as one of best books of 2002
  • ASA Section’s Distinguished Undergraduate Student Paper Award named for Joe Feagin (2003)
  • University of Illinois Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society, Symposium on the Research and Contributions of Joe Feagin (April 2004).
  • Choice award for White Men on Race as one of the best books of 2003.
  • Sociologists without Borders (SSF) Distinguished Professor (2005)
  • Harvard Alumni Association (HDS) Rabbi Martin Katzenstein Award (2006)
  • Sociologists without Borders (SSF), the Richard Wright Award (2006)
  • Center for Healing of Racism Ally Award (2006)
  • Fellow, Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University, 2006-
  • Butler A. Jones lecture, Cleveland State University (2007)
  • Arthur Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award, American Association for Affirmative Action (2013)
  • ASA Section on Racial & Ethnic Minorities' Founder's Award for Scholarship & Service, (2013)
  • W.E.B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award, American Sociological Association (2013)
  • Distinguished Professor, Texas A&M University, (2014)

Administrative and editorial positions[edit]

  • Vice-President, Society for Study of Social Problems, 1986–87
  • Chair, ASA Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, 1994–1995
  • Member of Council, American Sociological Association, 1995–2000
  • Editorial Board, Comparative Urban and Community Research
  • Editorial Board, Sage Racial and Ethnic Relations Series
  • Editorial Board, Race and Society
  • Governing Board, Southern Regional Council, 1997–1998
  • President, American Sociological Association, 1999–2000
  • Editor, Perspectives on a Multiracial America, Rowman & Littlefield, 2003–present
  • Editor, New Critical Viewpoints Series, Paradigm Books, 2010-Present


  1. ^ "Joe Feagin". 
  2. ^ Texas A&M Faculty Bio
  3. ^ Profile of the President Joe R. Feagin
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  7. ^ a b About Racism Review