Glenn Bracey

Glenn Bracey

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. Bracey received the 2016 Oliver Cromwell Cox Article Award from the American Sociological Association for best research article in the sociological study of race and ethnicity, published in the last three years.


Areas of Expertise

  • Critical Race Theory
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social Movements
  • Religion
  • Qualitative Methods

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Religion, Identity, and Social Life


  • Ph.D. candidate, Texas A&M University
  • 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.”

Research Interests

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.