Ruth E. Zambrana

Ph.D. (1977) Boston University, M.A. (1971) University of Pennsylvania, B.A. (1969) Queens College City University of New York

Ruth Enid Zambrana, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, Interim Director of the U.S. Latino Studies Initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. Her work focuses on the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and other contextual variables in disparities in the provision of public health, human services and education with an emphasis on Latino women, children, and youth. Emerging scholarship is on inequalities in racial/ethnic women’s health and disparity, knowledge production and public policy. Co-authored books include Health Issues in the Latino Community (2001); Drawing from the Data: Working Effectively with Latino Families (2003), and an anthology (Forthcoming, 2008) entitled Emerging Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender in Theory, Policy, and Practice. She has published extensively in her field, has served on several editorial boards including the American Journal of Public Health and Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. She has served on several national and state boards and committees and recently served as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agenda Committee, Office of Public Health Research, Health Information Services and Health Equity Champions Workgroups (2005) and the State of Maryland Governor’s Transition Task Force on Higher Education (2006). She was honored by Hispanic Business Magazine as 2007 Elite Woman of the Year for her commitment and dedication to improving the Hispanic community through her service and scholarship.

Major Areas of Research:

  • Women and health
  • Latino Studies
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in family, child, and women’s health
  • Maternal and adolescent health and organizational barriers to health care services

Recent Publications:


Zambrana, R.E., & Hurtado, S.  (Eds.). (Forthcoming 2014). The Magic Key: The Educational Journey of Mexican Americans from K-12 and to College and Beyond. University of Texas Press.

Brennan, V., Kumanyiki, S., & Zambrana, R.E., Guest Editors (Forthcoming 2014) Obesity Interventions in Underserved U.S. Communities: Evidence and Directions. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.


Zambrana, R.E., Lopez, L., Dinwiddie, G.Y., Ray, R.M Phillips, L.S., Trevisan, M. Wassertheil-Smoller, S. (2014). Prevalence and Incident Pre-Hypertension and Hypertension in Postmenopausal Hispanic Women: Results from the women’s health initiative. American Journal of Hypertension, 27(2), 1-10.

Dinwiddie, G.Y., Zambrana, R.E., & Garza, M. (2013). Exploring Risk Factors in Latino Cardiovascular Disease: The Role of Education, Nativity and Gender. American Journal of Public Health,

De Heer H.D., Balcazar, H.G., Morera, O.F., Lapeyrouse, L. Heyman, J.M., Salinas, J. Zambrana, R.E. (2013). Barriers to Care and Comorbidities Among the U.S.-Mexico Border. Public Health Reports 128(6), 480-8.


March 27, 2014. Shifting the Lens for the Study of Latinos and the Policy Practices that Shape their Lives, University of Saint Joseph, Hartford

April 4, 2014. Career Paths: Tool Kit for Navigating the Academic Terrain, Latina Researcher Network Conference, Cuny University, NY

April 10, 2014. U.S. Latino Population Health: “New” Thinking to Inform Public Health Research, Challenging the Myths, Latino Health Equity Conference, California State University, Long Beach, CA


  • Health Disparities by Race, Gender, Age and Class (WMST488)
  • Latino Families, Women and Children (WMST498)
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies: Women in Society ( WMST200)
  • Dissertation Writing Seminar (WMST698)
  • Introduction to WMST Field (WMST628)

Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity