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Joseph Jewell

Joseph Jewell
Associate Professor
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Degree From
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Intersections of Race, Class and Gender
  • Sociology of African Americans
  • Historical Sociology
  • Sociology of Education

Courses Taught at Texas A&M

  • SOCI 317: Sociology of Minority Groups
  • SOCI 323: Sociology of African Americans
  • SOCI 415: Sociology of Education
  • SOCI 607: Seminar In Comparative and Historical Methods
  • SOCI 617: Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnic Relations
  • SOCI 618: Sociology of Education
  • SOCI 660: Theories in Race & Ethnic Relations


Professor Jewell’s research examines how group formations based on race, class, gender and sexuality shape patterns of social mobility among minority populations. In addition to maintaining an active research program, he is affiliated with the Africana Studies Program and has served as the interim director of Texas A&M’s Race and Ethnic Studies Institute. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Negro EducationUrban Studies, and Daedalus, and Research in Higher Education. His historical research on race and educational access has been cited in court cases dealing with affirmative action programs at public universities, including Rios v. U.C. RegentsGratz v. Bollinger, and Grutter v. Bollinger.

Representative Publications

  • Race, Social Reform, and the Making of a Middle Class: The American Missionary Association and Black Atlanta, 1870-1900 (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007)
  • An American Dilemma Revisited: Race Relations in A Changing World (Russell Sage, 1996)