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Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes, Professor

Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes

Department of Sociology
649 McBryde Hall
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8967 |

Dr. Michael Hughes is a professor in the Department of Sociology.

Current Research:   

  • Racial Attitudes among University of Alabama Students, 1963-2013
  • Racial Identity among Whites and Blacks in the U.S.
  • Patterns of Music Consumption in the U.S.
  • Gender Differences in Out-Group Attitudes in the World Values Survey
  • Why Whites Listen to Music Created by African Americans
  • Why African Americans’ Mental Health Appears to Be Better than That of Whites
  • Social Integration and Mental Health
  • Race and Psychological Well-Being
  • Whites’ Racial Attitudes
  • Mental Health Consequences of Mass Shootings
  • Consumption of Culture
  • PhD, Vanderbilt University
  • MA, University of Alabama
  • BA, University of Alabama
  • Southern Sociological Society, former President
  • Journal of Health and Social Behavior, former Editor
  • American Sociological Review, former Member of the Editorial Board
  • Social Forces, former Member of the Editorial Board
  • President, Southern Sociological Society, 2004-2005
  • Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship, Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, 2006-2007
  • E. Gordon Ericksen Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech, 1996


Gove, Walter R. and Michael Hughes (with Omer R. Galle). 1983. Overcrowding in the Household. New York: Academic Press. Pp. xix + 335.

David L. Brunsma, Michael Hughes, John Ryan (Eds.) 2013. Readings in Sociology, 7th Edition. McGraw-Hill Custom Publishing.

Hughes, Michael and Carolyn J. Kroehler 2013. Sociology: The Core (11th Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Journal Articles

Hughes, Michael, K. Jill Kiecolt, Verna M. Keith, and David H. Demo. 2015. “Racial Identity and Well-Being among African Americans.” Social Psychology Quarterly 78: 25-48.

Hughes, Michael, K. Jill Kiecolt, and Verna M. Keith. 2014. “How Racial Identity Moderates the Impact of Financial Stress on Mental Health among African Americans.” Society and Mental Health 4: 38-53.  

Hughes, Michael; Melissa Brymer, Wai Tat Chiu, John A. Fairbank, Russell T. Jones, Robert S. Pynoos, Virginia Rothwell, Alan M. Steinberg, and Ronald C. Kessler. 2011 “Posttraumatic Stress among Students after the Shootings at Virginia Tech.” Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 3: 403-411.

Hughes, Michael and Melvin E. Thomas. 1998. “The Continuing Significance of Race Revisited: A Study of Race, Class and Quality of Life in America, 1972 to 1996,” American Sociological Review, 63 (December): 785-795.

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