Dawn Marie Dow is an assistant professor in the department of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Dow received a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She also earned a JD from Columbia University, School of Law and a BA in sociology from Bryn Mawr College.

Dr. Dow’s research uses a range of qualitative methods to examine intersections of race, class and gender within the context of the family, the workplace, educational settings and the law.  She is 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. Her research also examines how middle-class African Americans respond to, and counter, perceptions and controlling images as they navigate interactions with law enforcement and in educational settings, the workplace and the broader society.

Through three research projects she examined how these intersections shape: 1) the cultural expectations of motherhood and mothers' approaches to parenting, 2) the reproduction of racial inequality within the workplace, and 3) the experiences of millennial men of color who are navigating predominately white college campuses. Dr. Dow's work has been published in journals such as Gender & Society, Journal of Marriage and Family and Sociology of Race & Ethnicity.


  • PhD
    University of California-Berkeley
  • MA
    University of California-Berkeley
  • JD
    Columbia University
  • BA
    Bryn Mawr College
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
SOCY498L The Sociology of Law Fall 2016 Syllabus

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  • Simone Durham
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4131 Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building
Department of Sociology
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