I was born in San Angelo, Texas at the
end of the Great Depression. I grew up in Houston, Texas, where I completed
high school. Graduating from Baylor University in 1960, I then moved to Boston,
Massachusetts with my partner, Clairece Booher Feagin, to begin graduate work
at Harvard University in social relations (sociology). Completing the Ph.D.
degree in 1966, I became an assistant professor at the University of California
Four years later, I accepted an associate professor position at University of Texas, where I taught for twenty years. I served as Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1974-1975). In 1990 I moved to the University of Florida, where I became the graduate research professor in sociology.
Over the years I have done research work on a variety of racism and sexism issues. Recent examples of this work can be seen in Racial and Ethnic Relations (Sixth edition; Prentice-Hall, 1999; with Clairece Booher Feagin); Living with Racism: The Black Middle Class Experience (Beacon, 1994; with Mel Sikes); White Racism: The Basics (Routledge, 1995; with Hernan Vera); Double Burden: Black Women and Everyday Racism (M.E. Sharpe, 1998; with Yanick St. Jean); The Agony of Education: Black Students at White Colleges and Universities (Routledge, 1996; with Hernan Vera and Nikitah Imani); and The New Urban Paradigm (Rowman and Littlefield, 1998).
My book with Harlan Hahn, Ghetto Revolts (Macmillan, 1973), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Living with Racism and White Racism have won the Gustavus Myers Center's Outstanding Human Rights Book Award.
I am past president of the American Sociological Association (ASA), which included chairing the Program Committee for the summer 2000 ASA meeting in Washington, D.C.