UMass Boston


Miguel Montalva Barba

Assistant Professor
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Dr. Montalva Barba is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Previously, he held an assistant professorship in Sociology and the Latinx Student Success Faculty Fellowship at Center of Justice and Liberation in Salem State University. Miguel is the author of White Supremacy and Racism in Progressive America: Race, Place, and Space (Bristol University Press, June 2024) that explores the racialized narratives that White residents utilize to make sense of racialized extractive practices in Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA. As a formally undocumented and queer immigration rights activist, Miguel’s background informs his teaching, research, and engagement within and outside the university. Dr. Montalva Barba’s research aims to rattle sociology’s foundations from its white supremacist core to address social issues.

Area of Expertise

Race and Racism

Critical Race Theory

Urban Sociology 


Ph.D., Sociology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. 2019.

M.A., Sociology, California State University, Los Angeles, CA. 2011.

Dual B.A., Sociology and Music, California State University, Los Angeles, CA. 2007


Professional Publications & Contributions


Montalva Barba, Miguel. (In production). White Supremacy and Racism in Progressive America: Race, Place, and Space. Bristol: Bristol University Press. 


Montalva Barba, Miguel. (In production). “Questioning the Foundations: The Embedded Racism in Urban Sociology Theorization.” Book chapter for Research Handbook on Urban Sociology, edited by Miguel Martinez (Uppsala University, Sweden). Edward Elgar Publishing. 

Montalva Barba, Miguel. (2023) “To Move Forward, We Must Look Back: White Supremacy at the Base of Urban Studies.” Urban Studies.  

Montalva Barba, Miguel. (2021) “(Re)enacting Settler Colonialism via White Resident Utterances.” Critical Sociology, 47(7–8), 1267–1281.

Barboza, Gia, Silvia Dominguez, Laura Siller, and Miguel Montalva. (2017) "Citizenship, fear and support for the criminalization of immigration: Contextualizing Mexican Americans’ attitudes about the role of law enforcement," in Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 40(2): 197-213.