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C. Shawn McGuffey

Sociology Department


C. Shawn McGuffey

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

McGuinn Hall 431
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-4130

Curriculum Vitae


scholarly interests

Childhood, Family, Race/Class/Gender, Qualitative Methods, Social Psychology, Trauma

Academic Profile

C. Shawn McGuffey, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sociology and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College. His research agenda examines the social psychology of family life and the experience of inter-personal trauma. His work primarily highlights how race, gender, and social class both constrain and create the choices survivors pursue in the aftermath of trauma. His two current projects focus on sexual trauma. One examines how gender, sexuality, and race shape parental responses to child sexual abuse; and the other investigates the social psychology of Black rape survivors in the U.S., Ghana, and South Africa.

McGuffey is the recipient of two American Sociological Association awards: the 2006 Sally Hacker Award for research excellence from the sex and gender section, and the 2009 “Best Research Article Award” from the section on sexualities. The Ford Foundation and a Research Incentive Grant have supported his research. He has given invited lectures at the Center for Children and Childhood Studies at Rutgers University, The Center for the Study of Violence and Prevention at the University of Colorado, Harvard University, and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Courses Typically Taught

SOCY1038/AADS1138 - Race, Class and Gender
SOCY1043/AADS1155 - Introduction to African American Society
SOCY5520 - Gender & Society
SOCY5563 - Trauma, Culture & Coping
SOCY5596/AADS5596 - Black Families & Society
SOCY5598/AADS5598 - The Politics of Black Sexuality

recent professional Honors and Awards

Best Article Award - 2009

“Saving Masculinity: Gender Reaffirmation, Sexuality, Race and Parental Responses to Male Child Sexual Abuse.” Sexualities Section of the Americans Sociological Association

Sally Hacker Award - 2006

“Engendering Trauma: Race, Class, and Gender Reaffirmation after Child Sexual Abuse.” Sex and Gender section of the American Sociological Association

Distinction - 2005

Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Sociology
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Teaching Excellence Award, Division of Continuing Education - 2004 and 2002

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

selected Publications


McGuffey, C. Shawn. Forthcoming. Blaming Mothers: Gender, Race and Male Child Sexual Abuse. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

McGuffey, C. Shawn. 2010. “Blacks and Racial Appraisals: Gender, Race and Intra-racial Rape.” Black Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices and Policies, edited by Juan Battle and Sandra Barnes. Rutgers University Press.

McGuffey, C. Shawn. 2008. “Saving Masculinity: Gender Reaffirmation, Sexuality, Race and Parental Responses to Male Child Sexual Abuse.” Social Problems 55 (2): 216-237.

McGuffey, C. Shawn. 2005. “Engendering Trauma: Race, Class and Gender Reaffirmation after Child Sexual Abuse.” Gender & Society 19 (5): 621-643.

McGuffey, C. Shawn and B. Lindsay Rich. 1999. “Playing in the Gender Transgression Zone: Race, Class, and Hegemonic Masculinity in Middle Childhood.” Gender & Society 13 (5): 608-627.


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