Associate Professor of Sociology

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BA (Women's Studies), UNC-Chapel Hill
MA (Sociology), UNC-Chapel Hill
PhD (Sociology), UNC-Chapel Hill

  • The Development of Sociological Thought and Method
  • Microsociology
  • The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • The Sociology of Gender
  • The Sociology of Interpersonal Violence

Race/Class/Gender Inequality, Symbolic Interaction, Social Psychology, Community Studies, Qualitative Methodology, Media, Social Theory, Public Sociology


Wright, Paul J., Ana Bridges, Chyng Sun, Matthew B. Ezzell, and Jennifer A. Johnson (forthcoming). "Personal pornography viewing and sexual satisfaction: A quadratic analysis." Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy.

2017. Ezzell, Matthew B. “Current Controversies: Pornography and Violence Against Women,” in Claire Renzetti, Jeffrey Edleson, and Raquel K. Bergen (eds) Sourcebook on Violence Against Women (3rd Edition, pps. 219-225). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

2016. Bridges, Ana J., Chyng Sun, Matthew B. Ezzell, and Jennifer Johnson. "Sexual Scripts and the Sexual Behavior of Men and Women who Use Pornography." Sexualization, Media, & Society.

2016. Sun, Chyng, Matthew B. Ezzell, and Olivia Kendall. "Naked Aggression: The Meaning and Practice of EOWF." Violence Against Women.

2015. Ezzell, Matthew B. “Healthy for whom? – Males, men, and masculinity: A reflection on the doing (and study) of dominance,” in CJ Pascoe and Tristan Bridges (eds) Exploring masculinities: Identity, inequality, continuity and change (pps. 188-197). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

2014. Sun, Chyng, Ana Bridges, Jennifer A. Johnson, and Matthew B. Ezzell. "Pornography and the male sexual script: An analysis of consumption and sexual relations.Archives of Sexual Behavior.

2014. Ezzell, Matthew B. “Pornography makes the man: The impact of pornography as a component of gender and sexual socialization.” In Jacob Held and Lindsay Coleman (eds), The philosophy of pornography: Contemporary perspectives(pps. 17-34). Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield.

2014. Ezzell, Matthew B. “Men’s use of pornography.” In Cynthia Carter, Linda Steiner and Lisa McLaughlin (eds) Routledge Companion to Media and Gender (pps. 473-482). New York: Routledge.

2013. Ezzell, Matthew B. “Getting the Story Right: A Response to ‘The Feminist Ethnographer’s Dilemma.’” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Vol. 42(4): 439-450.

2013. McQueeney, Krista, Matthew B. Ezzell, Kenneth H. Kolb and Sherryl Kleinman. “Sociologjia dhe studimet gjinore: Riprodhimi i pabarazisë nëpërmjet “dallimit” [Sociology and Gender Studies: Reproducing Inequality through “Difference”], in Fatos Tarifa (ed.), Shkencat e shoqërisë: Sociologjia si disiplina integruese për studimin e jetës së shoqërisë, me parathënie nga Anthony Giddens [The Sciences of Society: Sociology as the Integrative Discipline for the Study of Social Life, Foreward by Anthony Giddens](pps. 617-643). Tirana, Albania: Onufri.

2012. Kleinman, Sherryl, and Matthew B. Ezzell. “Opposing ‘both sides’: Rhetorics, reproductive rights, and control of a campus women’s center.” Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol. 35(6): 403-414.

2012. Ezzell, Matthew B. “‘I’m in control’: Compensatory Manhood in a Therapeutic Community.” Gender & Society.Vol 26(2): 190-215.

2009. Kleinman, Sherryl, Matthew B. Ezzell and A. Corey Frost. “Reclaiming critical analysis: The social harms of ‘bitch.’” Sociological Analysis, Vol. 3(1):46-68.

2009. Ezzell, Matthew B. “‘Barbie dolls’ on the pitch: Identity work, defensive othering, and inequality in women’s rugby.” Social Problems, Vol. 56(1):111-131.

2009. Ezzell, Matthew B. “Pornography, lad mags, video games, and boys: Reviving the canary in the cultural coal mine.” In Olfman, S. (Ed), The sexualization of childhood (pp. 7-32). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

2007. Pleasants, Robert and Matthew Ezzell. “Thinking beyond achievement: Teaching gender sociologically.” In Diem, J. & Helfenbein, R. (Eds.). Unsettling beliefs: Teaching theory to teachers. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.

2002. Kleinman, Sherryl and Matt Ezzell. “The King’s English: A Campus Fable.” Feminist Teacher. Vol. 14 (2):179-184. Reprinted: (2003). In Kimmel, M, & Ferber, A.L. (Eds). Privilege: A reader (pp. 173-180). Cambridge, MA: Westview Press.

Other Publications (non-peer reviewed):
Ezzell, Matthew. (Spring, 2008). “Get Reel: Sex and Violence in a Pornified Culture.” The Siren: Women and Men United in the Struggle for Full Gender Equality and Justice for Women.

Ezzell, Matthew. (Fall, 2007). “Pornography and the Rape Culture, In Brief.” The Center Line, a Journal of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, Chapel Hill, NC.

Ezzell, Matthew. (2004). “Problems with Playboy.” Lambda.Volume 27, Issue 2.

Ezzell, Matt & Pleasants, Bob. (2004, March 18). “Men Should Do More to Prevent Sexual Violence.” The Daily Tar Heel.

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