Joe Feagin’s research interests are racial and ethnic studies, gender relations and the urban political economy. Over the years, he has done research work on a variety of racism and sexism issues.
Feagin's scholarship reveals the continued influence of anti-Blackness, White supremacy and capitalism on the lives and politics of oppressed and marginalized communities. Always attentive to how Whiteness is historically, politically and social constructed as an apparatus of power and disenfranchisement, Feagin's engaging scholarship illustrates the importance and ability of sociology to influence and impact public policy, science, and democracy.
He came to Texas A&M as the Ella C. McFadden professor in sociology in 2004.
Feagin is author of more than 70 books, 200 articles, reviews and chapters, including the classic works Subsidizing the Poor: A Boston Housing Experiment (1972), Discrimination American Style: Institutional Racism and Sexism (2001), White Racism: The Basics (1995), The White Racial Frame (2010) and How Black Built America (2016). He is also author Racial and Ethnic Relations, a go-to text for classes and educators the world over. His phenomenal work as a mentor, advisor and teacher highlight his deep commitment to the discipline and service, rendering him an invaluable and undeniable scholar par excellence.
His book with Harlan Hahn, Ghetto Revolts (Macmillan, 1973), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Living with Racism and White Racism won the Gustavus Myers Center’s Outstanding Human Rights Book Award.
He is past president of the American Sociological Association (ASA), which included chairing the Program Committee for the summer 2000 ASA meeting in Washington, DC.
He earned an AB degree from Baylor University, and a BD degree and PhD from Harvard University.