Joseph C. Ewoodzie uses qualitative research to examine how marginalized populations in urban locales make sense of inequalities in their everyday lives. He employs ethnographic methods to investigate how these populations interpret their social selves and the boundaries that both constrain and enable them.
He has used both music and food as a lens to understand the cultural dynamics of African American life in urban settings. His book Getting Something to Eat in Jackson: Race, Class, and Food in the American South provides a vivid portrait of African American life in the urban South that uses food to explore the complex interactions of race and class. He will be taking the book on tour in the US starting in Fall 2021.