Sabrina Pendergrass

Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American and African Studies

University of Virginia Sociology Department
Randall 223
P.O. Box 400766
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Research Interests:

Race and Ethnicity, Stratification, Cultural Sociology, Migration, Region and Place

Sabrina Pendergrass is Assistant Professor of Sociology with a joint appointment in the Carter G. Woodson Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University, and she obtained her A.B. in Sociology with a Certificate in African American Studies from Princeton University.

Sabrina's research interests include race, inequality, internal migration, cultural sociology, and regionalism. She has published in Poetics, the Du Bois Review, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on these topics. 

Sabrina is working on a book manuscript about the African American reverse migration to the South. It will focus on Northern- and Western-born black migrants to the urban South, and it will examine the comparative experiences of black reverse migration, especially between middle- and working-class blacks. Work from this project has received awards from the Association of Black Sociologists and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Selected Publications


Pendergrass, Sabrina. 2013. “Perceptions of Race and Region in the Black Reverse Migration to the South.” Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. 1:155-178.

Pendergrass, Sabrina. Forthcoming. “Routing Black Migration to the Urban US South: Social Class and Sources of Social Capital in the Destination Selection Process.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Pachucki, Mark, Sabrina Pendergrass, and Michèle Lamont. 2007. “Boundary Processes: Recent Theoretical Developments and New Contributions.” Poetics. 35: 331-351.

Book Chapters

Lamont, Michèle, Sabrina Pendergrass, and Mark Pachucki. Forthcoming. “Symbolic Boundaries.” International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition.

Pendergrass, Sabrina.  2008.  “Migration of African Americans” Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society.  Ed. Richard Schaefer.  Sage Publications.

Pendergrass, Sabrina.  2008. “Claude M. Steele” African American National Biography.  Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham.  Oxford University Press.