Rashawn Ray, PhD


Rashawn Ray is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received a PhD in sociology from Indiana University in 2010. From 2010 to 2012, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley/San Francisco. Ray’s research addresses the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and social inequality. His work also speaks to ways that inequality may be attenuated through racial uplift activism and social policy. Currently, Ray is examining determinants and solutions to the obesity epidemic. He has a project examining barriers and incentives to physical activity among middle-class Blacks and Whites, finding that the intersections of race, place, gender, and body image converge on Black women to decrease their physical activity and increase obesity. Ray is the editor of Race and Ethnic Relations in the 21st Century: History, Theory, Institutions, and Policy. His work has appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Journal of Higher Education, and Journal of African American Studies. Ray has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Ford Foundation.