Megan R. Underhill was awarded a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati in 2016. Since then, she has been employed as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina Asheville where she teaches courses on race and racism, social inequality, and social and cultural theory.
Dr. Underhill is a race and family scholar whose research examines how white parents make sense of issues of racial and class inequality and how they communicate these ideas to their children. Her scholarship has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed, academic journals including City and Community, Contexts, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. Dr. Underhill has also published in public outlets such as The Washington Post and had her researched profiled in articles appearing in The Conversation, The Harvard Business Review, Pod Save the People, and Slate Magazine, among others.
Dr. Underhill is also an active member of her professional community. She serves on the editorial board of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and Social Problems and is an executive committee member of the Southern Sociological Society. Dr. Underhill presents her research at several academic conferences a year and is frequently invited to give public lectures or organize workshops about parenting and race and institutional racism more broadly.
Dr. Underhill is currently in the process of completing her book manuscript White Parents in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter Activism.
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