Margaret Hagerman

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Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator


210 Bowen Hall

Emory University


Margaret A. Hagerman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mississippi State University and is a Faculty Affiliate in both the African American Studies and Gender Studies programs. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2014. Her qualitative research focuses on the study of racial socialization, or how kids learn about race, racism, inequality, and privilege. Dr. Hagerman’s newly published book, White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America (NYU Press) explores how white children learn about race in the context of their everyday lives. This work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Time, L.A. Times, The Conversation, and on radio programs across the U.S. and Canada including NPR’s Marketplace. Her research can also be found in publications such as Journal of Marriage and Family, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Sociological Studies of Children and Youth. Dr. Hagerman teaches courses on race, education, children and youth, families, and qualitative methods.