Juan Battle

Juan Battle professor photo

Research Interests

  • Family Education
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Race


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • M.A., University of Michigan
  • B.S., York College of Pennsylvania
  • A.S., York College of Pennsylvania

Juan Battle's research focuses on race, sexuality, and social justice. He is the coeditor of Black Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies (2010); he has also authored dozens of book chapters, academic articles, and encyclopedia entries. Battle has delivered lectures at a multitude of universities, colleges, community-based organizations, and funding agencies throughout the world, and his scholarship has included work throughout North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

His work has been highlighted in popular national magazines, radio shows, and newspapers, among them Black Entertainment Television (BET), Essence, and the Advocate. He currently heads 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.

Battle was recently a Fulbright Senior Specialist and the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Gender Studies at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria; he is currently an affiliate faculty member of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. He is a former president of the Association of Black Sociologists and is actively involved with the American Sociological Association (ASA).

In 2002, Arise magazine named him one of the top “Ten Black Men Transforming the World.” Battle’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Ford Foundation, and the Arcus Foundation. He is on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including Contemporary SociologyJournal of African American StudiesSociological QuarterlyWestern Journal of Black StudiesJournal of Negro Education, and the Journal of Poverty. He received his A.S. and B.S. from York College of Pennsylvania and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.


  • Gonzalez, L., Chapman, S., & Battle, J. (2020). Mathematics identity and achievement among Black students. School Science and Mathematics, 120, 456– 466. https://doi.org/10.1111/ssm.12436.
  • Smiley, CalvinJohn, Juan Battle & Shawnda Chapman. 2020. “Married or Divorced?: Outcomes on Black Student Educational Attainment.” The Journal of Negro Education. 89(1): 9-23.
  • Weston, Eric, Howard Zeng, and Juan Battle. 2020. Physical activity and GPA: Results from a national sample of Black students, Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. https://doi.org/10.1080/10911359.2019.1687387.
  • Battle, Juan & CalvinJohn Smiley. 2020. Familia y educación: a quantitative assessment of the impact of parental configuration on educational attainment for a national sample of Latinx students. Race Ethnicity and Education. 23(1): 21-38.
  • Dancy, Elon, CalvinJohn Smiley, and Juan Battle. 2019. The Enduring Significance of Higher Education for Civic Engagement: The Black LGBT Experience. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships. 6(1):1-28.
  • Peterson, Robert & Juan Battle. 2018. “Conexión a la Comunidad: Latinx LGBT Feelings of Connectedness.” Women, Gender, and Families of Color. 6(2): 202-225.
  • Harris, Angelique, Juan Battle, and Antonio (Jay) Pastrana, Jr. 2018. Queer People of Color: Connected But Not Comfortable. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.
  • Battle, Juan & CalvinJohn Smiley. 2018. “Familia Y Educación: A Quantitative Assessment of the Impact of Parental Configuration on Educational Attainment for a National Sample of Latinx Students.” Race Ethnicity and Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/13613324.2018.1497963.
  • Battle, Juan & Anthony P. Browne. 2018. “The Relative Importance of Parental Configuration for Latinx Students’ Educational Attainment.” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. 40(3):351-368. https://doi.org/10.1177/0739986318777464.
  • Battle, Juan, Robert Peterson, Nicole Lucas, and Sheldon Applewhite. 2018. “Their Own Received Them Not: Black LGBT Feelings of Connectedness.” Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships. 4(2):45-72.
  • Anthony P. Browne & Juan Battle. 2018. “Black Family Structure and Educational Outcomes: The Role of Household Structure and Intersectionality.” Journal of African American Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12111-018-9395-7.
  • Battle, Juan, Antonio (Jay) Pastrana, and Angelique Harris. 2017. An Examination of Black LGBT Populations Across the United States. New York: Palgrave.
  • Battle, Juan, Antonio (Jay) Pastrana, and Angelique Harris. 2017. An Examination of Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT Populations Across the United States. New York: Palgrave.
  • Pastrana, Antonio (Jay), Juan Battle, and Angelique Harris. 2017. An Examination of Latinx LGBT Populations Across the United States. New York: Palgrave.
  • Battle, Juan. 2017. Mentor Essay: Tenure. In Michelle Harris, et al (Eds.) Stories From the Front of the Room (pp. 89-94). New York: Rowan & Littlefield.
  • Harris, Angelique, Juan Battle, Antonio (Jay) Pastrana, Jr., and Jessie Daniels. 2015. “Feelings of Belonging: An Exploratory Analysis of the Sociopolitical Involvement of Black, Latina, and Asian/Pacific Islander Sexual Minority Women.” Journal of Homosexuality 62(10): 1374-1397.
  • Battle, Juan, Angelique Harris, Vernisa Donaldson, and Omar Mushtaq. 2015. "Understanding Belonging in the Context of Sociopolitical Involvement among Asian and Pacific Islander American Lesbians and Bisexual women." Women, Gender, and Families of Color. 3(2):209-226.
  • Wimberly, George & Juan Battle. 2015. Challenges to Doing Research on LGBTQ Issues in Education and Important Research Needs. In George Wimberly (Ed.) LGBT Issues in Education: Advancing a Research Agenda (pp. 219-236). Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association.
  • Ortiz, Kasim, Dustin Duncan, John Blosnich, Ramzi Salloum, and Juan Battle. 2015. “Smoking Among Sexual Minorities: Are The Racial Differences?” Nicotine & Tobacco Research. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntv001.
  • Battle, Juan. 2015. Review of There Goes the Gayborhood, by Amin Ghaziani. Social Forces. doi: 10.1093/sf/sov077.
  • Battle, Juan, Jessie Daniels, and Antonio (Jay) Pastrana. 2015. Civic Engagement, Religion, and Health: Older Black Lesbians in the Social Justice Sexuality (SJS) Survey. Women, Gender, and Families of Color. 3(1): 19-35.
  • Battle, Juan & Antonio (Jay) Pastrana. 2015. Disrupting a narrative: Developing a new discourse of empowerment for LGBT people of color. In S.K. White, J.M. White, and K.O. Korgen (Eds.) Sociologists in Action: Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class (pp. 113- 117). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.