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Ruth E. Zambrana, PhD


Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and Director, Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity at the University of Maryland, College Park with affiliate faculty appointments in sociology, African American Studies, public health and is founding director of U.S. Latina/o Studies. Areas of expertise include the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity,  socioeconomic status and institutional policies and practices on health and higher education outcomes. Her scholarship has focused on racial/ethnic populations with a focus on women’s health and Latino population health. A second are of focus is the impact of occupational stressors on the health and mental well-being of  historically underrepresented minority faculty using an intersectional lens of race/ethnicity, gender and institutional power.

Her most recent anthologies  include Obesity interventions in underserved communities: Evidence and directions Obesity Intervention with  Brennan, V., Kumanyiki, S., & Zambrana, R.E., (Eds.). (2014)  and forthcoming book with co-editor Sylvia Hurtado is an anthology  on Mexican American educational issues and concerns entitled:  The Magic Key: The Educational Journey of Mexican Americans from K-12 to College and Beyond.  She has published extensively in her areas of interest and her most recent publications include: Zambrana, R.E., Meghea, C., Talley, C., Hammad, A., & Lockett, M., Williams, K.P.   (2015). Association between family communication and health literacy among underserved racial/ethnic Women. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 26(2), 391-405 and Zambrana, R.E., Ray, R.J., Espino, M. M., Castro, C., Douthirt-Cohen, B., & Eliason, J. (2015). “Don’t Leave Us Behind”: The Importance of Mentoring for Underrepresented Minority Faculty. American Educational Research Journal52(1), 40-72.

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Laura A. Logie, PhD

Assistant Director

Dr. Laura A. Logie is Faculty Research Assistant, an Affiliate Faculty of the Department of Women’s Studies and Assistant Director for the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her B.S.Ed degree in Health Education and Promotion from George Mason University, and an MA and PhD from the University of Maryland in Women’s Studies. Before joining the PhD program at the University of Maryland, Dr. Logie coordinated several funded Latino projects including: Annie E. Casey/Family Support America, “Promising Practices in Family Support for Latino Families with Young Children.” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "Latino Children: Providing a Research Synthesis for Promoting Relevant Child Health Policy." Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "Assessment of Child and Family Welfare Needs in the Hispanic Community of the Washington Metropolitan Area: Developing the Foundation for Future Collaborative Projects"

Her research interests focus on intersectional analysis of persistent social inequalities, feminist perspectives on health and social justice and the health of low-income racial/ethnic women. Her dissertation entitled: An Intersectional Gaze at Latinidad, Nation, Gender and Self-Perceived Health Status provides an opportunity to foster a critical dialogue in feminist scholarship that informs social science theorizing and empirical research, bridges gaps between theory and practice, and enhances efforts to eliminate the social inequalities that drive persistent disparities in health by gender, race, ethnicity, immigration status and class. She is the co-author of several articles including: The Environmental Health of Latino Children, Journal of Pediatric Health Care. (2007). Hispanic Child Health Issues are Key to Achieving National Goals, BioMedicina, (2001), and Latino Child Health: Need for Inclusion in US National Discourse, American Journal of Public Health, (2000).


Associate Research Director

Rashawn Ray is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park and an Associate Research Director for the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University in 2010. From 2010-2012 he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley/UCSF. Ray’s research addresses the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and social inequality. His work also speaks to ways that inequality may be attenuated through racial uplift activism and social policy. Currently, Ray is working on a series of projects centered on the intersections of race, class, and gender. Ray is the editor of Race and Ethnic Relations in the 21st Century: History, Theory, Institutions, and Policy. His work has appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, American Education Research Journal, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Journal of Higher Education, and Journal of African American Studies. Ray has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Ford Foundation. He has received mentorship awards from the Department of Sociology, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program at the University of Maryland. In 2014, Ray was selected as 40 Under 40 Prince George’s County and in 2010 he was recognized as the Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow for the city of Bloomington, IN. Currently, Ray is a member of the National Committee on Nominations for the American Sociological Association, Co-Chair of the Ford Foundation Scholars Conference, and a member of the Commission on Racial Justice for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Ray serves of the editorial boards for Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and Social Psychology Quarterly and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. 

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Associate Research Director

Michelle M. Espino is Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Student Affairs and International Education Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research centers on understanding community contexts and institutional responses associated with educational achievement and outcomes along the academic life course for racial/ethnic minorities, with particular focus on the experiences of Latina/o students, college administrators, and faculty. Her scholarly work illustrates her commitment to advancing diverse perspectives on Latina/o educational attainment, creating connections between the institution and the community to enhance access to higher education, developing innovative approaches to qualitative research, and preparing higher education administrators to work with diverse student populations. She has published articles in The Review of Higher Education, American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record, Equity & Excellence in Education, and Qualitative Inquiry. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and the NASPA Journal on Women in Higher Education. She was the 2015 recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association Hispanic Issues in Research special interest group, the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Member award from the NASPA Latina/o Knowledge Community, a 2011 Faculty Fellow for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, the 2008 recipient of the Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award from the Association of the Study of Higher Education, and a 2007 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow. Prior to her work at the University of Maryland, she was an assistant professor in the College Student Affairs Administration program at the University of Georgia, served as the Coordinator of Student Programs at Southern Methodist University (TX), and helped to establish the Social Justice Leadership Center at the University of Arizona. She is the oldest daughter of Armando and Ramona Espino of El Paso, Texas and is the first person in her family to graduate from college.

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Wendy Hall

Program Management Specialist

Wendy Hall serves as Program Management Specialist for the Consortium. She joined the staff of CRGE in July 2002. Prior to that, Hall served as an Office Manager for a local CPA firm. Wendy passed her A+ Certification exam in July 2002 and is currently pursuing her Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) Certification.

Patricia Garcia gomez

Communications Coordinator

Patricia Garcia Gomez studied psychology, specializing in social psychology at Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City, Mexico. She joined the staff in summer 2015 as a manager for CRGE's website, social media and communications. She aspires to go on to graduate school in Social Justice and Human Rights.