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Ruth E. Zambrana, PhD


Ruth Enid Zambrana 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

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 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. 

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.