Saida Grundy

Assistant Professor, Sociology and African American Studies

PhD, Sociology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan (2014)GrundyPic


Saida Grundy is a feminist sociologist of race & ethnicity and incoming Assistant Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Boston University. Her research to date has focused upon formations and ideologies of gender within the Black middle class–specifically men. Using ethnographic approaches and in-depth interviews, her current work examines graduates of Morehouse College, the nation’s only historically Black college for men. Quite simply, this work asks how, in light of an ongoing national reality and discourse about young Black men in crisis, the men of Morehouse experience gender and manhood at an institution that attempts to groom them as solutions to this crisis. Her current book manuscript on race, masculinity, and institutionalization is in progress and expands upon this work. 

Saida’s interests span Race, Class & Gender; Sexuality; Qualitative Methodology; Feminist Theory; Stratification & Inequality; and Urban Ethnography. Her most recent publication, “An Air of Expectancy: Class, Crisis, and the Making of Manhood at an Historically Black College for Men” appeared in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. In 2014 she was named a Junior Fellow of the Urban Ethnography Project at Yale University. Her research has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.