Margaret Hagerman

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Mississippi State University

I am a qualitative sociologist who studies racial socialization, or how kids learn about race, racism, and racial inequality in the contexts of their families and communities. Rooted in critical race studies and critical youth studies, my research explores how young people make sense of race and racism in their social world and what young people actually think about racism in contemporary US society.

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mississippi State University. I also serve as a Faculty Affiliate in the African American Studies Program and the Gender Studies Program at Mississippi State.

My new book, "White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America" (NYU Press) will be available in September 2018.


  • 2012–present
    Assistant Professor of Sociology, Mississippi State University


  • 2012 
    Emory University, Ph.D.
  • 2006 
    Lehigh University, M.A.
  • 2000 
    Lehigh University, B.A.


  • 2018
    White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America, NYU Press
  • 2017
    “‘The Celebrity Thing’: Using Photographs of Celebrities in Child-Centered, Ethnographic Interviews with White Kids about Race, Sociological Studies of Children and Youth
  • 2017
    White Racial Socialization: Progressive Fathers on Raising ‘Antiracist’ Children, Journal of Marriage and Family
  • 2017
    Race Scholarship ‘With, By, and For’ Children: How Critical Youth Studies Can Inform Research on Race, Sociology Compass
  • 2016
    Using Ethnography and Interviews to Study Color-blind Racial Ideology, The Myth of Racial Color Blindness: Manifestations, Dynamics, and Impact
  • 2016
    Reproducing and Reworking Colorblind Racial Ideology: Acknowledging Children’s Agency in the White Habitus, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • 2014
    Ignorance and Outrage: White Families (Don’t) Talk About Race, Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong
  • 2014
    White Families and Race: Colour-blind and Colour-conscious Approaches to White Racial Socialization, Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • 2010
    I Like Being Intervieeeeeeewed!’: Children’s Perspectives on Participating in Social Research, Sociological Studies of Children and Youth

Professional Memberships

  • American Sociological Association
  • Southern Sociological Association
  • Society for Research on Adolescence
  • Society for Research on Child Development