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Ruth Zambrana

Expert Credentials: 

Ruth Enid Zambrana, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, Interim Director of the U.S. Latino Studies Initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. Her work focuses on the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and other contextual variables in disparities in the provision of public health, human services and education with an emphasis on Latino women, children, and youth. Emerging scholarship is on inequalities in racial/ethnic women’s health and disparity, knowledge production and public policy. Co-authored books include Health Issues in the Latino Community (2001); Drawing from the Data: Working Effectively with Latino Families (2003), and an anthology (Forthcoming, 2008) entitled Emerging Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender in Theory, Policy, and Practice. She has published extensively in her field, has served on several editorial boards including the American Journal of Public Health and Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. She has served on several national and state boards and committees and recently served as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agenda Committee, Office of Public Health Research, Health Information Services and Health Equity Champions Workgroups (2005) and the State of Maryland Governor’s Transition Task Force on Higher Education (2006). She was honored by Hispanic Business Magazine as 2007 Elite Woman of the Year for her commitment and dedication to improving the Hispanic community through her service and scholarship.

Area of Expertise: 

Women and health
Latino Studies
Racial and ethnic disparities in family, child, and women’s health
Maternal and adolescent health and organizational barriers to health care services

Ph.D. (1977) Boston University, M.A. (1971) University of Pennsylvania, B.A. (1969) Queens College City University of New York