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Joseph Jewell, PhD

Department Head

Black Studies

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Building & Room:

1229 UH

CV Download:

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Dr. Jewell’s research focuses on comparative historical sociologies of race in the US with a focus on the African diaspora. He utilizes qualitative and intersectional approaches to social inequality that stress the inseparability of race, class, and gender, paying particular attention to the historical construction of class identities. His current research considers narratives about race, middle-class identity, and the white-collar workplace at the turn of the twentieth century.

Selected Publications

Race, Social Reform, and the Making of a Middle Class: The American Missionary Association in Black Atlanta, 1870-1900 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).

“Mixing Bodies and Minds: Race, Class and Educational Access in Two Southern Cities, 1874-1889” (Patterns of Prejudice, 2014).

“Other(ing) People’s Children: Social Mothering and Racialized Class Boundaries in Late Nineteenth Century New Orleans and San Francisco” (Race, Gender, and Class, 2015).

“‘We Have in this City Many Good Mexican Citizens’: The Race-class Intersection and Racial Boundary Shifting in Late Nineteenth Century San Antonio” (Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 2016).

“An Injurious Effect on the Neighbourhood: Narratives of Neighbourhood Decline and Racialised Class Identities in Late Nineteenth Century San Francisco” (Immigrants and Minorities, 2018).


PhD, University of California – Los Angeles (1998)
MA, University of California – Los Angeles (1994)
BA, University of California at Berkeley (1991)