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Dr. Joe Feagin, currently Ella C. McFadden Professor at Texas A & M University, was born in San Angelo (Texas), got his early education in Houston, and graduated from Baylor University in 1960. He acquired his Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard University in 1966. Feagin has taught at the University of Massachusetts (Boston), University of California (Riverside), University of Texas, University of Florida, and Texas A&M University. Dr. Feagin has done much research and conceptual work on race, racism, and sexism issues and has served as the Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has written 58 scholarly books and nearly 200 scholarly articles in his research areas.
Feagin’s major books include Systemic Racism (Routledge 2006), Social Problems: A Power-Conflict Perspective (6th ed., Prentice-Hall, 2006); Liberation Sociology, with H. Vera (Westview, 2001); Racist America (Routledge 2000); The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism, with D. Van Ausdale (Rowman & Littlefield 2001); Racial and Ethnic Relations, with C. Feagin (7th ed.; Prentice-Hall 2008); The Many Costs of Racism, with K. McKinney (Rowman & Littlefield 2003); White Men on Race, with E. O'Brien (Beacon 2003); Black in Blue: African-American Police Officers and Racism, with K. Bolton (Routledge 2004); Two Faced Racism: Whites in the Backstage and Frontstage, with L. Picca (Routledge 2007); and The White Racial Frame (Routledge 2010).
Feagin’s books have won numerous national and professional association prizes; his book, Ghetto Revolts (Macmillan 1973), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is the 2006 recipient of a Harvard Alumni Association lifetime achievement award and was the 1999-2000 president of the American Sociological Association.