Dawn Marie Dow, JD, PhD

Dr. Dawn Marie Dow is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and also earned a JD from Columbia University, School of Law.  She is the faculty director of the Critical Race Initiative which annually holds the Parren J. Mitchell Conference focused a topic through which scholars examines systemic inequality in contemporary society. She is also a Faculty Associate in the Maryland Population Research Center. Dr. Dow's research examines intersections of race, class, and gender within the context of the family, educational settings, the workplace, the law, and political mobilization.

Dr. Dow's book,  Mothering While Black: The Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood, was published in March 2019 with University of California Press. It examines African American middle and upper-middle class mothers’ approaches to parenting their children and their views and decision-making about work, family and childcare. Dr. Dow’s work has appeared in journals including Gender & Society, Journal of Marriage and Family, Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, Science Advances and Mobilization.








Department of Sociology

University of Maryland, College Park

College Park, MD 20742

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