Faculty & Staff:
Ruth Enid Zambrana, Ph.D., Director
Laura A. Logie, Ph.D., Assistant Director
Bonnie Thornton Dill, Ph.D., Founding Director
Wendy Hall, Program Management Specialist
Beth Douthirt Cohen, Ph.D., Researcher
Chrystal A. George Mwangi, M.S., Communications Coordinator
Ruth E. Zambrana, Ph.D.
Ruth Enid Zambrana, Ph.D. is currently a Professor in the Women’s Studies Department, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity and Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Zambrana served as Interim Director of the US Latino Studies Initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park from 2007-2009. She has worked in the areas of health and educational disparities of low-income and Latino women, children and families for over three decades.
Dr. Zambrana’s work focuses on the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, institutional access factors, and health behaviors and their association with the health status of low-income Latino groups. Her scholarship emphasizes the heterogeneity in life course outcomes based on national origin and socioeconomic status within and across the Latino population.
Her latest book is Latinos in American Society: Families and Communities in Transition (Cornell University Press, 2011). Her relevant books include: Emerging Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender in Theory, Policy and Practice (co-edited with Bonnie Thornton Dill, Rutgers University Press 2009); Drawing from the Data: Working Effectively with Latino Families (Co-editor, 2004); Health Issues in the Latino Community (Co-editor with Aguirre-Molina, & M., Molina, C., 2001); and Understanding Latino Families: Scholarship, Policy and Practice (1995). Published articles include a syntheses of Latina health status entitled Disparities in Latina Health: an Intersectional Analyses (2006) and Disparities in Hypertension-Related Mortality by Hispanics by Subgroup and Gender: Implications for Preventive Interventions (2007). In 2010, Dr. Zambrana was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine (IOM) as a member of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities.
Laura A. Logie, PhD
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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).
Bonnie Thornton Dill, PhD
Founding Director, CRGE
Bonnie Thornton Dill is Professor of Women’s Studies and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland. Dr. Dill is also the Founding Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE). She is an affiliate faculty with the departments of Sociology, Afro-American Studies, and American Studies. From 1995-1998, she coordinated a three year Afro-American Studies seminar/workshop funded by the Ford Foundation on "Meanings and Representations of Black Women’s Work." Before coming to Women’s Studies in the fall of 1991, Dr. Dill was a professor of Sociology at the University of Memphis, where she founded the Center for Research on Women and served as director from 1982-1988.
Her research focuses on the intersections of race, class, and gender with an emphasis on African American women and families. She is currently interested in the development of intersectional work across disciplines and has served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation on this topic. She oversees a research project studying single mothers in rural southern communities. Dr. Dill’s recent published works include: "A Better Life for Me and My Children: Low Income Single Mothers’ Struggle for Self Sufficiency in the Rural South," Journal of Comparative Family Studies (1998); "Valuing Families Differently: Race, Poverty and Welfare Reform," with Maxine Baca Zinn and Sandra Patton, Sage Race Relations Abstracts (1998), "African Americans in the Rural South: The Persistence of Race and Poverty," with Bruce Williams, in The American Countryside, ed. Castle (1996); "Theorizing Difference from Multi-racial Feminism," with Maxine Baca Zinn, Feminist Studies (Summer 1996). Most recently she co-edited Emerging Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender in Theory, Policy and Practice (2009). Dr. Dill is currently the President of the National Women Studies Association (NWSA).
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.
Beth Douthirt Cohen
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Beth Douthirt Cohen joined the staff of CRGE in August 2008. Beth has a PhD in Education Policy and Leadership, focusing on the culture of education. Before coming to the University of Maryland, Beth was an educator for high school students in New York City. She has also worked with young people ages 10-21 as an educator, counselor, academic advisor, and college admissions officer. She was on the Advisory Board for two high schools, and the Planning Team for a new 6th-12th grade school in Brooklyn. She has her M.Ed. in Adolescent Risk and Prevention from Harvard University and her B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Barnard College of Columbia University. Beth is a lecturer and teaches graduate courses on the culture of education, the use of post-colonial cultural studies theories in applied research, and qualitative research methodologies. Her ethnographic research looks at the process of how young people with relative privilege who consider themselves allies of marginalized populations understand and enact concepts such as solidarity, identity, power, and privilege, and the role of their schools in this process.
Chrystal George Mwangi is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Administration. Chrystal worked for a number of years as a college administrator including positions in undergraduate admissions, multicultural affairs, student conduct, and academic advising. Prior to joining the CRGE staff, Chrystal served as a graduate student researcher on two faculty research projects: Broadening Underrepresented Student Participation in Physics and Exploring the Educational Experiences of Black Immigrants. She has also engaged in education research for the Council for Opportunity in Education, the Pell Institute, and Higher Education for Development. Chrystal earned an M.S. degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University and a B.A. degree in International Business from Rollins College. Her research broadly centers on 1) structures of opportunity and educational attainment for underrepresented populations along the P-20 education pipeline and 2) impacts of globalization and migration on U.S. higher education at the student, institution, and policy levels. Chrystal is currently completing her dissertation, an ethnographic case study exploring how the intersections of sociocultural factors (e.g. family and community context, school context, and social identity) impact the educational experiences and college pathways of sub-Saharan African immigrant families.