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Dawn Dow Ph.D.

Dawn Dow, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

2112 Parren J. Mitchell
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-6428


  1. Ph.D., Sociology, University of California Berkeley, 2012
  2. M.A., Sociology, University of California Berkeley, 2007
  3. J.D., Law, Columbia University, 2000
  4. B.A., Sociology and Africana Studies, Bryn Mawr, 1996


My research focuses on the intersection of gender, race, and class within the context of the family, the workplace, the law and educational settings. I am particularly interested in how these intersections complicate long-standing debates regarding the relative influence of economic and cultural resources on the experiences and life trajectories of members of the expanding African American middle and upper-middle class. Indeed, much of the existing research and popular depictions of African Americans focuses on the experience of poor and working class African Americans. By contrast, much of the existing research and popular depictions of the middle-class has focused on the experiences of whites. Scarce attention has been paid to the lives of middle and upper middle-class African Americans, yet they often experience different social contexts and have different resources than both middle class whites and poor and working-class African Americans. Specifically, through three research projects, I examine how intersections of race, class and gender shape 1) the cultural expectations of motherhood and parenting among middle and upper-middle class African Americans, 2) the reproduction of racial inequality in the workplace and employment discrimination jurisprudence, and 3) the experiences of millennial men of color who are navigating predominately white college campuses. I am a frequent presenter at academic conferences including the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society and my work has been published in Sociological Perspectives, Journal of Marriage and Family, Gender & Society and Sociology of Race & Ethnicity. In addition to engaging in traditional academic research, I have also sought out opportunities to conduct research where my findings can be readily used to address racial or gender inequality within the workplace and educational institutions.