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About Joya Misra

My research and teaching primarily focuses on inequality. As a political sociologist, I try to understand why poverty and labor market inequalities differ across countries and over time, studying how politics, policies, social movements, and cultural contexts lead to different outcomes, with an aim to creating more equitable societies. In all of my work, I consider how policies may work to both reinforce and mediate inequalities. Gender is a central lens for my analyses, although I also explore class, race/ethnicity, nationality, citizenship, and the intersections of these statuses.
Currently, I am the editor of the journal, Gender & Society.


Present Professor, Sociology & Public Policy, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Machmer Hall Room W33e
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst MA, 01003
Tel: 413-545-5969


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