C. Shawn McGuffey, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sociology and African & African Diaspora Studies at Boston College. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, his scholarly work primarily highlights how race, gender, sexuality and social class both constrain and create the choices survivors pursue in the aftermath of trauma. Two of his 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. A third project investigates the ways in which Darfurian genocide survivors navigate the International Criminal Court; and a fourth examines Black LGBT views on same-sex marriage and civic engagement. McGuffey is the recipient of three American Sociological Association section awards: the 2006 Sally Hacker Award for research excellence, a 2009 “Best Research Article Award,” and a 2016 “Distinguished Article Award.” In 2016 he also received the Kimberlé Crenshaw Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. The Ford Foundation, a Research Incentive Grant, and the Institute for Liberal Arts 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.
In his free time Shawn enjoys volunteering with his therapy dog, practicing the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and competitive eating competitions. Pies and cupcakes are his gastronomic specialties.
McGuffey, C. Shawn. Forthcoming. Blaming Mothers: Gender, Race and Male Child Sexual Abuse. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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.
McGuffey, C. Shawn and Tanya L. Sharpe. 2015. “Racial Appraisal: An Integrated Cultural and Structural Response to African American Experiences with Violent Trauma.” Journal of Sociology and Social Work 3(2):
McGuffey, C. Shawn. 2013. “Rape and Racial Appraisals: Culture, Intersectionality and Black Women’s Accounts of Sexual Assault.” Du Bois Review 10(1): 109-130.
Kimberle Crenshaw Award - 2016
Society for the Study of Social Problems
Distinguished Article Award - 2016
“Rape and Racial Appraisals: Culture, Intersectionality and Black Women’s Accounts of Sexual Assault.” Race, Gender & Class Section of the American Sociological Association
Distinguished Achievement Award - 2013