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Maryann Erigha

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Associate Professor

Maryann Erigha is an Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Georgia. Her research examines the production and circulation of popular media messages about race. Her scholarship is situated at the intersections of race and racism, media and popular culture, and technology and society.

Her book The Hollywood Jim Crow: The Racial Politics of the Movie Industry (NYU Press) investigates practices of racial inequality in the Hollywood film industry through the lens of film directing. The Hollywood Jim Crow has been featured in  The Atlantic, Philadelphia Tribune, and Black Agenda Report, among other outlets. 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.

Her current project investigates messages of race and racism in media for children and youth. In another project that centers Black digital studies, she examines visualizations and expressions of Blackness and anti-Blackness online.

She currently serves on the editorial boards for the University of Georgia Press, the journal Social Currents, and the Brill Press Contemporary Cinema book series. 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
Selected Publications:
  • 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).
Of Note:
  • 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                    
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