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Gniesha Dinwiddie Ph.D.

Gniesha Dinwiddie, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

African American Studies
2169 LeFrak Hall
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-1158


  1. December 2006, Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania.
  2. Dissertation: “The Social Antecedents of Stress Exposure: Implications for Status Variations and Social Disparities for Mental Health”
  3. June 2000, M.A. in Afro-American Studies, University of California at Los Angeles.
  4. December 1994, B.A. in Social Science, University of California at Irvine.


Gniesha Yvonne Dinwiddie, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Faculty Associate at the Maryland Population Research Center at the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Dinwiddie earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees from the University of California (Irvine & Los Angeles) and Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Pennsylvania. She recently completed a Post Doctoral Appointment in Demography at Princeton University.

Dr. Dinwiddie's research interests include stress exposure and coping, life course perspectives on physical and mental health, and inequality in educational attainment. Her research agenda is focused in two areas. The first examines the relationship between structural inequality and racial/ethnic differences in health over the life course. In this area, she is interested in the underlying social causes of health disparities by examining how stratification shapes social experiences that condition stress exposure associated with vulnerability to diseases of the vascular system. Her current research project uses a bio-social perspective to investigate the relationship between stratification, dysregulation of physiological systems related to the stress response and disparities in mental and physical health for older African American adults. With secondary interests in educational inequality, Dr. Dinwiddie examines how institutional characteristics influence the educational trajectories of minority students at selective colleges and universities.

Dr. Dinwiddie's work is published as edited book chapters and in peer reviewed journals such as Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Health and Social Policy, and the Journal of Public Health Policy