Michael Hughes


Michael Hughes



652 McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-8967


Department Membership



  • Social Integration and Mental Health
  • Race and Psychological Well-Being
  • Whites’ Racial Attitudes
  • Mental Health Consequences of Mass Shootings
  • Consumption of Culture

Professional Activities

  • 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


  • BA 1967 University of Alabama
  • MA 1971 University of Alabama
  • Ph.D. 1979 Vanderbilt University

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    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.

    Selected Publications


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

    Edited Books

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


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


    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.

    Additional Information

    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