Abby Ferber, Ph.D.

Abby Ferber, Ph.D.

Abby Ferber, Ph.D.

Full Professor Associate Director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion
Sociology / WEST
ACAD 412


Abby L. Ferber, Professor of Sociology, and Women’s and Ethnic Studies, is also the co-founding Director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion ( at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and The Matrix Center’s signature programs: The Knapsack Institute: Transforming Teaching and Learning. (

Ferber’s teaching, writing and service all coalesce around issues of privilege and oppression from an intersectional perspective. She has authored or co-authored more than three dozen articles and book chapters, many of which have been reprinted numerous times. She writes for both academics and the general public. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the CU Elizabeth Gee Memorial Lectureship Award, and the Chase Community Service Award. She is a sought-after public speaker, and presents frequent keynotes, workshops and trainings.

She is strongly committed to the campus, local and professional communities. She has served on the founding Board of three non-profits.


  • PH.D., Sociology, University of Oregon
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Oregon
  • B.S. American University


  • WEST 3290: Perspectives on Race and Ethnic Relations
  • WEST 4530: Advanced Privilege Studies
  • WEST 4470: Intersections of Privilege
  • WEST 4480: Racial Storytelling: Montgomery Travel Course

Select Publications

Matrix of RaceThe Matrix of Race: Social Construction, Intersectionality and Inequality


PrivilegePrivilege: A Reader


Sex Gender and the new basicsSex, Gender and Sexuality: The New Basics


Home Grown HateHome-Grown Hate: Gender and the White Supremacist Movement


The Matrix ReaderThe Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege


Making a DifferenceMaking A Difference: University Students of Color Speak Out


White Men FailingWhite Man Falling: Race, Gender, and White Supremacy. Rowman and Littlefield, 1998