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Juan Battle
Position: Professor of Sociology, Public Health, & Urban Education
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: (212) 817-8775


With over 60 grants and publications – including books, book chapters, academic articles, and encyclopedia entries – his research focuses on race, sexuality, and social justice. 

In addition to having delivered lectures at a multitude of universities, colleges, community based organizations, and funding agencies throughout the world, Professor Battle’s scholarship has included work throughout North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Among his current projects, he is heading the Social Justice Sexuality initiative – a project exploring the lived experiences of Black, Latina/o, and Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Additionally, he is developing a project examining college progression among Black men and other vulnerable populations.

Most recently, he was a Fulbright Senior Specialist and was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Gender Studies at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. Further, he is a recent president of the Association of Black Sociologists and is actively involved with the American Sociological Association (ASA).

He was also an organizer of Race/Sex/Power: New Movements in Black and Latina/o Sexualities – a national conference recently held in Chicago, IL.  With the Social Science Research Council, he organized a gathering of academics and activists dedicated to building and broadening the field examining the intersections of race and sexuality.

Further, he was a co-investigator on a project entitled “Interdisciplinary Curriculum in Urban Health Research.” This NIH-funded project developed an interdisciplinary curriculum to educate researchers to deal more effectively with health issues specific to individuals living in urban areas.  And, on a more local level, he was a researcher with R.E.A.L. M.E.N. (Returning Educated African American and Latino Men to Empowered Neighborhoods) – a project targeting over 500 16- to 19-year old men who are leaving Riker's Island (the local jail in New York City) and returning to communities in New York City. Additionally, Prof. Battle recently completed a study – funded by four Ford Foundation offices around the world – researching social justice philanthropy in Kenya, India, Indonesia, Peru, and the United States.

Professor Battle's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Ford Foundation, the Arcus Foundation, as well as a number of state and local government agencies and foundations.   Additionally, he has served as a reviewer for NIH, NSF, and the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR).  He is on the editorial boards of and serves as a reviewer for several academic journals, including Contemporary Sociology, Journal of African American Studies, Sociological Quarterly, Western Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Negro Education, and the Journal of Poverty.  He also the lead co-editor of Free At Last?: Black America in the Twenty-First Century (2006) and Black Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies (2010).

In addition to publishing in many academic journals, his work has been highlighted in popular national magazines, radio shows, and newspapers; among these have been Black Entertainment Television (BET), Essence magazine, and The Advocate magazine.  He was also selected as one of the top "Ten Black Men Transforming the World."

Finally, in addition to serving on the board of the scholarship fund of Camp Shohola for Boys, he is the former board chair of his local YMCA.


Battle, Juan and Sandra L. Barnes (editors). 2010. Black Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

Turner, Carlene Buchanan and Juan Battle. 2010. "Old Enough to Know: The Impact of Health Values on Self-care Among Elderly Black Men and Women. Western Journal of Black Studies. 34(1): 1-12.

Buttaro, Anthony, Jr., Juan Battle, & Antonio (Jay) Pastrana. 2010. “The Aspiration-Attainment Gap: Black Students and Education.”The Journal of Negro Education. 79(4): 488-502.

Asencio, Marysol & Juan Battle (editors). 2010.  Black and Latina Sexualities. Special Issue of Black Women, Gender, and Families. Volume 4, Issue 1.

Asencio, Marysol & Juan Battle. 2010. “Introduction: Special Issue of Black and Latina Sexualities.” Black, Women, Gender, and Families. 4(1):1-7.

Asencio, Marysol & Juan Battle (editors). 2010. Black and Latina/o Sexualities Research. Special Issue of Sexuality Research and Social Policy. Volume 7, Issue 2.

Asencio, Marysol & Juan Battle. 2010. “Introduction: Special Issue of Black and Latina/o Sexualities.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy. 7(2):67-69.

Battle, Juan and Antonio (Jay) Pastrana. 2009. “Preface.” At The Intersection: Race, Sexuality and Gender.  Washington, DC: Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Battle, Juan & Colin Ashley. 2008. “Intersectionality, Heteronormativity and Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Families.” Black Women, Gender, and Families.  2(1): 1-24.

Battle, Juan & Antonio Pastrana. 2008. “Gay Men.” In John Moore’s (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, (pp. 17-19).  Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA.

Turner, Robert & Juan Battle. 2008. “Behavior Attitudes.” In William Darity’s International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2nd Edition).  New York: Thomson/Gale.
Battle, Juan & Michael Bennett. 2007. “A Perfect Storm: The Jena Six from a Sociohistorical Perspective.” Footnotes: Newsletter of the American Sociological Association. (December) 35.9.

Durell, Megan, Catherine Chiong and Juan Battle. 2007. “Race, Gender Expectations, and Homophobia: A Quantitative Exploration.” Race, Class & Gender. 14(1-2): 299-317.

Battle, Juan & Anthony Browne. 2007. “Family, Alternative.” In Fedwa Malti-Douglas’s (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, (pp. 506-511). Detroit: Macmillan Reference.  

Battle, Juan and Antonio Pastrana. 2007. “Melting Pot.” In George Ritzer’s Encyclopedia of Sociology (pp. 2944-2946). MA: Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Battle, Juan and Antonio Pastrana. 2007. “The Relative Importance of Race and Socioeconomic Status Among Hispanic and White Students” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. 29(1): 35-49.

Battle, Juan and Martha Crum. 2007. “Black LGBs, Health and Identity Development.” In Ilan Meyers & Mary Northridge’s Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, (pp. 320-354). NY: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

 Battle, Juan and Darla Linville. 2006. “Race, Sexuality and Schools: A Quantitative Assessment of Intersectionality.” Race, Gender & Class. 13(3-4): 180-190.

Battle, Juan (Guest Editor). 2006. Race, Class, & Gender – Journal Special Issue on Intersectionality. New Orleans: Southern University at New Orleans & University of New Orleans. 

Battle, Juan, Michael Bennett and Anthony Lemelle (Editors). 2006. Free At Last?: Black America in the Twenty-First Century. New Jersey: Transaction Publishers.

Battle, Juan, Wanda Alderman-Swain, and Alia Tyner. 2005. “Using an Intersectionality Model to Explain the Educational Outcomes for Black Students in a Variety of Family Configurations.” Race, Class, & Gender. 12(1): 126-151.

Battle, Juan and Natalie Bennett. 2005. “Striving for Place: Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) People in History and Society.” In Alton Hornsby (Ed.), A Companion to African American History, (pp. 412-445). MA: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Battle, Juan and Michael Bennett (Guest Editors). 2004. Journal of African American Studies’ Special Double Issue: Black America in the 21 st Century. New Brunswick: Transaction.

Battle, Juan, Natalie Bennett, & Todd Shaw. 2004. “From the Closet to a Place at the Table: Past, Present, and Future Assessments of Social Science Research on African American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations.” African American Research Perspectives. 10(1):9-26.

Shulte, Lisa and Juan Battle. 2004. “The Relative Importance of Ethnicity and Religion in Predicting Attitudes Towards Gays and Lesbians.” Journal of Homosexuality. 47(2):127-142.

Battle, Juan and Deborah Coates. 2004. “Father-Only and Mother-Only Single Parent Family Status of African American Girls and Achievement in Grade Twelve and at Two-Years Post High School.” Journal of Negro Education, 73(4): 392-407.

Lemelle, Anthony and Juan Battle. 2004. “Black Masculinity Matters in Attitudes Toward Gay Males.” Journal of Homosexuality. 47(1): 39-51.

Attewell, Paul, Belkis Suazo-Garcia and Juan Battle. 2003. “Computers and Young Children: Social Benefit or Social Problem.” Social Forces, 82(1): 277-296.

Cahill, Sean, Juan Battle, and Doug Meyer. 2003. “Partnering, parenting, and policy: Family issues affecting Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.” Race & Society, 6:85-98.

Battle, Juan, Cathy Cohen, Angelique Harris, and Beth Richie. 2003. “We Really Are Family: Embracing our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Family Members.” In a special edition on the Black Family in The State of Black America (pp. 93-106). Washington, DC: National Urban League.

Battle, Juan and Anthony Lemelle. 2002. “Gender Differences in African American Attitudes Toward Gay Males.” Western Journal of Black Studies, 26(3): 134-139.

Battle, Juan. 2002. “Longitudinal Analysis of Academic Achievement Among a Nation-Wide Sample of Hispanic Students in Single- versus Dual-Parent Households.” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 24(4): 430-447.

Battle, Juan. 2002. Review of Flore Zephir’s Trends in Ethnic Immigration Among Second-Generation Haitian Immigrants in New York City. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey. In American Journal of Sociology, 107(6):1613-1614.

Battle, Juan and Michael Lewis. 2002. “The Increasing Significance of Class: The Relative Effect of Race and Socioeconomic status on Academic Achievement.” Journal of Poverty. 6(2):21-36.

Battle, Juan and Earl Wright, II. 2002. “W.E.B. DuBois’s Talented Tenth: A Quantitative Assessment.” Journal of Black Studies. 32(6):654-672.

Battle, Juan, Cathy Cohen, Dorian Warren, Gerard Fergerson and Suzette Audam. 2002. Say It Loud: I’m Black and I’m Proud; Black Pride Survey 2000. New York: The Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Kasinitz, Philip, Juan Battle and Ines Miyares. 2001. "Fade to Black?: The Children of West Indian Immigrants in South Florida." In Ruben Rumbaut and Alejandro Portes (Eds.), Ethnicities: Coming of Age In Immigrant America, (pp. 267 – 300). Russell Sage Foundation and the University of California Press.

Bennett, Michael and Juan Battle. 2001. “We Can See Them, But We Can't Hear Them: LGBT Members of African American Families." In Mary Bernstein and Renate Reimann (Eds.), Queer Families, Queer Politics: Challenging Culture and the State, (pp. 53 – 67). New York: Columbia University Press.

Alderman-Swain, Wanda and Juan Battle. 2000. “The Invisible gender: Educational Outcomes for African American Girls in Father-Only versus Mother-Only Households.” Race and Society. 3(2):165-182.

Battle, Juan and Barbara Scott. 2000. “Mother-Only Versus Father-Only Households: Educational Outcomes for African American Males.” Journal of African American Men. 5(2):93-116.

Battle , Juan and Michael Bennett. 2000. “Research on Lesbian and Gay Populations Within the African American Community: What Have We Learned?” African American Research Perspectives. 6(2):35-47.

Attewell, Paul and Juan Battle. 1999. “Home Computers and School Performance.” The Information Society. 15:1-10.

Battle, Juan. 1999. “How the Boyz Really Made It Out of the Hood: Educational Outcomes for African-American Boys in Father-Only versus Mother-Only Households.” Race, Gender & Class. 6(2):130-146.

Battle, Juan . 1998. “What Beats Having Two Parents: Educational Outcomes for African-American Students in Single- versus Dual-Parent Families.” Journal of Black Studies. 28(6):783-801.

McIntyre, Tom and Juan Battle. 1998. “The Traits of ‘Good Teachers’ as Identified by Students With Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders.” Behavioral Disorders. 23(2):57-77.

Battle, Juan. 1997. “The Relative Effects of Divorced versus Married Families and Socioeconomic Status in Explaining the Educational Achievement of African-American Middle Grade Students.” Journal of Negro Education. 66(1):29-42.

Battle, Juan . 1997. “Academic Achievement Among Hispanic Students from One-Versus-Dual Parent Households.” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. 19(2):156-170.

Battle, Juan and Michael Bennett. 1997. “African-American Families and Public Policy: The Legacy of the Moynihan Report.” In Cedric Herring (Ed.), African Americans and the Public Agenda: The Paradoxes of Public Policy, (pp. 150 - 167). CA: Sage Publications.

Battle, Juan. 1995. “The Impact of Divorce on the Academic Achievement of African-American and White Middle Grade Students.” Family Perspectives. 29(1):61-74.

Battle, Juan. 1994. A Nationwide Comparison of African-American and White Eighth Graders’ Academic Achievement, Educational Aspirations, and Current Attitudes Toward Education. Doctoral dissertation. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Battle, Juan. 1993. Review of Mezey, Gillian & Michael King’s Male Victims of Sexual Assault. Oxford: Oxford University Press. In Contemporary Psychology. 38:997-998.

Schwartz, Ira, Debbie Willis, and Juan Battle. 1991. Juvenile Arrest, Detention, and Incarceration Trends: 1979-1989. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, Center for the Study of Youth Policy.