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Ruth Zambrana named Distinguished University Professor

A leading voice for minority and underrepresented groups

Long-time Faculty Associate Ruth Zambrana has been awarded the title Distinguished University Professor, the highest academic honor the University of Maryland bestows on members of faculty.

Dr. Zambrana’s scholarship applies a critical intersectional lens to structural inequality and racial, ethnic and gender disparities. She has published extensively on issues related to public health and social inequality, educational pathways and equity, and underrepresented minority faculty in higher education. Zambrana has also mentored over 50 scholars in various fields of public health, medicine and the social sciences.

In addition to chairing the Department of Women’s Studies, she is affiliated with the African American Studies Department, the Department of Sociology, the School of Public Health, the Department of Community and Behavioral Science, the Maryland Population Research Center, the U.S. Latina/o Studies Program, the Latin American Studies Center and is the director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity. She is an adjunct professor of family medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine.

“I am very humbled and very honored,” Zambrana said. “I have dedicated my life to equity because everyone deserves opportunities. I hope this distinction allows me to make my work even more impactful.”

See the official universitiy announcement