I am interested in research involving intraracial comparisons among Blacks in the U.S.  Specifically, my research interests fall into two broad areas: 1) the intersection of race, ethnicity and mothering and 2) interethnic differences in physical and mental health outcomes.  My interest in race, ethnicity and mothering center around ethnic differences in three areas of mothering: parenting practicies and beliefs, social boundary policing and the communication of messages about health to children. In addition to Black mothers' health messages and behaviors that impact children, I am interested more broadly in how ethnicity impacts mental and physical health outcomes for Black groups in general (inclusive of men and non-mothers), specifically in relation to mood disorders and variations in body mass index (BMI).      

Areas of Interest

  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Intersectionality
  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Social Psychology


  • MA
    Sociology, University of Maryland
  • BS
    Systems Engineering, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • PhD
    Sociology, University of Maryland, 2017
2012-2014 Critical Race Initiative Administrator
2014 - Co-Chair Parren Mitchell Symposium
Shanna Brewton-Tiayon
sbtiayon [at] umd.edu