Ellis Monk

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and the College

Ellis Monk’s research focuses on the comparative examination of social inequality, particularly with respect to race and ethnicity, in global perspective. This research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods, while drawing heavily upon contemporary theories of social cognition and categories. He is also completing a book manuscript that is the first comparative, mixed-methods examination of the social and economic significance of skin tone and hair as markers of ethnoracial division in the United States and Brazil. The book juxtaposes quantitative analyses of several nationally representative datasets with the examination of in-depth interview data in order to dissect the objective dimensions and subjective experience of social inequality associated with gradations of skin color (and hair) within and across descent groupings in those two countries.

Monk’s recent publications include “The Cost of Color: Skin Color, Discrimination, and Health among African Americans,” American Journal of Sociology (2015), and “Skin Tone Stratification among Black Americans, 2001–2003,” Social Forces (2014).

He received his MA and PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Most recently, he was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago. Monk is also a fellow of the Population Research Center at NORC and the University of Chicago.

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