Dr. Zambrana is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland Harriet Tubman
Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and
Ethnicity and has a secondary appointment as Professor of Family Medicine at the University of
Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine. She is a medical and community sociologist and an elected
member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Her scholarship applies a critical intersectional
lens to structural inequality and racial, Hispanic ethnicity, and gender inequities in population health and
higher education trajectories. Dr. Zambrana has published widely on health and racial inequity in her
major field concentrations: women’s health, maternal and child health, socioeconomic health disparities
and life course impacts on health and mental well-being of historically underrepresented minorities.
Her most recent book is Toxic Ivory Tower: The Consequences of Work Stress on the Health of
Underrepresented Minority Faculty (2018). She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2011
Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award by the American Sociological Association, Sociology of
Latinos/as Section, the 2013 American Public Health Association (APHA) Latino Caucus, Founding
Member Award for Vision and Leadership, the 2021 APHA Lyndon Haviland Public Health Mentoring
Award, and the 2021-22 Distinguished Research Fellow at the Latino Research Institute University of
Texas, Austin.


  • PhD
    Boston University, 1977
  • MSW
    University of Pennsylvania, 1971
  • BA
    Queens College of the City University of New York, 1969
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