Joseph Graham Jr.

Joseph Graham Jr.

Adjunct Lecturer

Joseph Graham Jr. is an accomplished scholar specializing in the crucial intersection of faith, mental health, and social equity. With an M.A. in Sociology from UNC Charlotte and a B.A. in Afrikana Studies with a minor in Sociology & Religious Studies, Joseph’s research examines the impact of social mobility on mental health, including education, employment, and economics. His work also encompasses social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and the mental health implications of the American criminal justice system. Joseph’s groundbreaking research has earned him grants and recognition, including presenting at esteemed conferences such as the Southern Sociological Society, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the National Organization of Forensic Science in Social Work. Notably, his work was featured in the first U.S. Congress-funded documentary, “Grit and Grace: Fight for the American Dream,” covered by prominent media outlets like the N.Y. Times and Washington Post. Furthermore, Joseph’s expertise extends to practical applications as he serves on the National Small Business Council for the Small Business Majority, representing North Carolina. In this role, he leverages his knowledge to contribute to board meetings, public events, and media engagements, championing the mental health needs of small businesses. Joseph Graham Jr. is a trailblazing advocate, researcher, and presenter dedicated to illuminating the mental health aspects of faith, social equity, and the criminal justice system. Through his comprehensive expertise, he strives to foster awareness, understanding, and progress in mental health and societal well-being.

Recent Publications:

Frederick, J., & Graham Jr., J. 2022. “Light Up: A Guide for How to Balance Faith and Mental Health” Songhai Publications.

Graham, Jr., J. 2016, “Race, Resegregation & the School to Prison Pipeline in Mecklenburg County” University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Graham Jr., J. (2017). The Practice of Freedom: An Invitation Dialogues in Social Justice. An Adult Education Journal, 2(1),

Recent Media Coverage:

HImes, Jim Congressman. 2022. “Grit and Grace: The Fight for the American Dream” U.S. Congress Documentary Committee or Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth.

Washington Post

NY Times

UNC Charlotte



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