Maryann Erigha joined the UGA faculty in 2017, jointly appointed in the Department of Sociology and the Institute for African American Studies. Her research and teaching interests include race and ethnicity, critical media and technology studies, and African American society.
Broadly, her research investigates how racial and ethnic groups are incorporated into ideologies and institutions—focusing on the media and the workplace. Her forthcoming book The Hollywood Jim Crow: The Racial Politics of the Movie Industry (NYU Press) illustrates racial patterns of inequality in the elite occupation of Hollywood film directing. Other ongoing research examines the symbolic inclusion of racial groups via ideologies, narratives, and emotions—as well as the possibilities and perils of digital technologies for racial inclusion politics.
- Ph.D., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2014
- M.A., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
- B.A., Sociology & Computer Applications, University of Notre Dame, 2007
- Maryann Erigha. 2017. "On the Margins: Black Directors and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in Twenty-First Century Hollywood." Ethnic and Racial Studies.
- Maryann Erigha. 2016. "Do African Americans Direct Blockbuster Franchise Movies? Race, Genre, and Contemporary Hollywood. Journal of Black Studies 47(6): 550-569.
- Maryann Erigha. 2015. "Race, Gender, Hollywood: Representation in Cultural Production and Digital Media's Potential for Change." Sociology Compass 9(1): 78-89.