Maryann Erigha is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Georgia. Broadly, her scholarly interests combine race and racism, media and popular culture, and technology and society to understand the content and dissemination of mainstream media messages about race.
Her book The Hollywood Jim Crow: The Racial Politics of the Movie Industry (NYU Press) examines how the racialized market logic in the Hollywood film industry structures directing work and inequality. The Hollywood Jim Crow has been featured in media outlets such as The Atlantic, Philadelphia Tribune, and Black Agenda Report. Additionally, the book was included in the list of Choice Outstanding Academic Titles and was named one of the best arts books of the year by Library Journal.
Additionally, her current projects investigate the racial economy of culture, social understandings of Blackness, and depictions of race and color in children's media, focusing on television and online platforms.
She earned a PhD in Sociology—as well as graduate certificates in Cinema Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and College and University Teaching— from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her appointment at UGA, she spent one year as an adjunct professor in the Department of Film and Media Arts at Temple University and two years on the faculty at the University of Memphis.
- Ph.D., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2014
- M.A., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
- B.A., Sociology & Computer Applications, University of Notre Dame, 2007
- Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award, UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
- Innovation in the Multicultural Curriculum Award, UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
- Racial Valuation: Cultural Gatekeepers, Race, Risk, and Institutional Expectations of Success and Failure. Social Problems (2020).
- The Hollywood Jim Crow: The Racial Politics of the Movie Industry. New York University Press (2019).
- "On the Margins: Black Directors and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in Twenty-First Century Hollywood." Ethnic and Racial Studies (2018).