Margaret L Hunter

Margaret Hunter
Fletcher Jones Professor of Sociology
Associate Provost for Recruitment and Student Success, Fletcher Jones Sociology Chair
Mills Hall 213

Professional Interests: Colorism and Racial Discrimination, Skin Bleaching and Cosmetic Surgery, Urban Education, and Women of Color in Hip-Hop

Curriculum Vitae


At Mills Since 2007


"Margaret Hunter conducts research on skin tone stratification in the African American and Latinx communities, education and urban inequality, and media representations of women of color. She has published widely in her fields including her book Race, Gender, and the Politics of Skin Tone (Routledge) and articles such as, “Buying Racial Capital: Skin-Bleaching and Cosmetic Surgery in a Globalized World.” Her article, “Colorism in the Classroom: How Skin Color Stratifies African-American and Latina/o Students” won the Best Article of the Year Award from Theory Into Practice. Her article, ""Nicki Minaj and the Changing Politics of Hip-Hop: Real Blackness, Real Bodies, Real Feminism?” was co-authored with a Mills student, Alheli Cuenca. In her role as Associate Provost, Hunter leads the First Year Experience, Academic Advising, and partnerships with UC Berkeley and local community colleges. "


  • BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Faculty Office Hours, Spring 2019

Days Times Room
T 2:00 pm–3:00 pm Mills Hall Room 213

Courses Taught

  • SOC 055: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 156: Sociology of Oakland
  • SOC 172: Body Politics: Race, Gender, and Power
  • SOC 180: ST: Body Pol: Race,Gender,Pwr
  • SOC 180: ST: Body Politics; Race, Gndr,
  • SOC 190: Proseminar in Sociology
  • SOC 191: Senior Seminar