Dr. Zambrana is a Distinguished University Professor in the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity and affiliate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and School of Medicine. Her scholarship applies a critical intersectional lens to structural inequality and racial, Hispanic ethnicity, gender and economic disparities in population health and higher education trajectories. Dr. Zambrana is a nationally recognized scholar and has published widely on health inequity in her major research concentrations: women’s health, maternal and child health, race, ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities and life course impacts on health and mental well-being of traditionally and historically underrepresented communities and professionals. Her latest book is Toxic Ivory Tower: The Consequences of Work Stress on the Health of Underrepresented Minority Faculty (Rutgers University Press, 2018). Her major awards include the American Public Health Association 2021 Lyndon HavilLand Public Health Mentoring Award, 2013 American Public Health Association Latino Caucus, Founding Member Award for Vision and Leadership, 2013 University of Maryland Outstanding Woman of Color Award for her lifetime achievements, and the 2011 Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award by the American Sociological Association, Sociology of Latinos/as Section. For the 2021-22 academic year, she was selected as the Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Texas Austin, Latino Research Institute.


  • PhD
    Boston University, 1977
  • MSW
    University of Pennsylvania, 1971
  • BA
    Queens College of the City University of New York, 1969
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2101 Woods Hall
Department of Sociology
rzambran [at] umd.edu