Bracey is a visiting instructor of sociology at Hollins and a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M University, where he is completing his Ph.D. in sociology. His scholarship centers on critical race theory, social movements, religion, and qualitative methods. Specifically, his ethnographic work examines the ways racial dynamics influence social movements, ranging from campaigns for immigrants’ rights to conservative religious movements. His theoretical scholarship questions implicit racial assumptions in dominant theories of social movements and state power.
Areas of Expertise
- Critical Race Theory
- Race and Ethnicity
- Social Movements
- Qualitative Methods
- Introduction to Sociology
- Religion, Identity, and Social Life
- Ph.D., Texas A&M University (expected 2014)
- M.S., Texas A&M University
- B.A., University of Florida
Publications & Articles
Won the 2013 Mid America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) Ken Lohrentz Graduate Paper Award for his paper, “Race Tests: Racial Boundary Maintenance in White Evangelical Churches.”
In every project, my primary question is: how can oppressed peoples improve their conditions. I believe empathy leads to the most creative and useful scholarship–questions that interrogate problematic assumptions and produce insights people can use to alleviate injustice.
My previous work questions the potential for the US state, as currently constructed, to advance justice for people of color. My empirical work examined primarily undocumented Latinas’ efforts to unionize and win health care in Texas. Currently, my dissertation considers how race impacts conservative evangelicalism in the US and argues white evangelicalism is better understood as a racialized social movement than a purely religious or political movement.