Emmanuel Cannady

Emmanuel  Cannady

Areas of Study

Race/Ethnicity, Mixed-Race Studies, Family, Gender, Social Movements, Stratification


Emmanuel Cannady is a 4th-year PhD student in Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. He is a College of Arts and Letters Dean’s Fellow, a Graduate Student Affiliate of the Klau Center for Human Rights, and a Gender Studies Graduate Minor.  Emmanuel is interested in questions that deal broadly with race and ethnicity, racialization, stratification, family, and social movements.   His research interrogates racialized meanings within interpersonal interactions across different contexts including social movement organizations, bystander scenarios, friendships, and partner selection to reveal the complex reality of race in the 21st century.

Emmanuel’s Master’s Thesis titled “To Help or Not to Help: Does Family Racial Configuration Matter?” investigates whether or not a child’s family racial configuration predicts if a bystander will help them or not. Emmanuel's dissertation examines the interactions between social movement activists in two Black Lives Matter organizations.  He is also researching the relationship between family closeness and interracial marriage and is the primary investigator on a community-based collaborative project researching the effects of poverty and community divestment in South Bend, IN.

Before joining the University of Notre Dame Sociology Department, Emmanuel was an Assistant Director in the Gender Relations Center and held an Adjunct Faculty appointment at the University of Notre Dame.  He holds an MSEd in Student Affair Administration in Higher Education and a BS in Mathematics both from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.