Saida Grundy

Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies


Saida Grundy is a feminist sociologist of race & ethnicity studies and the author of Respectable: Politics and Paradox in Making the Morehouse Man (University of California Press, 2022). She began her appointment as the Assistant Professor of Sociology & African American Studies at Boston University in 2015 where she holds an additional courtesy appointment in Women’s & Gender Studies. In November 2020, she was additionally named Assistant Director of Narrative at the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Her research to date has focused upon formations and ideologies of gender within Black elites–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 masculinity at an institution that attempts to groom them as solutions to this crisis. Her publication on racialized rape culture, college masculinities, and campus sexual assault (based on this data) appears in Social Problems.

Professor Grundy’s research interests span Race & Ethnicity; Gender & Sexuality; Men & Masculinities; Intersectionality; Campus Sexual Assault; Qualitative Methodology; Feminist Theory; and Sociology of Culture. She received her Ph.D. (2014) in the Joint Program in Sociology & Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. When she has something to say, she contributes to The Atlantic.