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Ruby Mendenhall is an Associate Professor in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also an affiliate of the Institute for Genomic Biology and the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. In 2004, Mendenhall received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy program from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. For her dissertation, Black Women in Gautreaux’s Housing Desegregation Program: The Role of Neighborhoods and Networks in Economic Independence, she used administrative welfare and employment data, census information, and in-depth interviews to examine the long-run effects of placement neighborhood conditions/resources on economic independence.
Mendenhall research focuseson issues of social inequality over the life course and the role of publicpolicy and individuals’ agency in facilitating social and economicmobility. She uses quantitative andqualitative methods to analyze administrative welfare and employment data,census data, in-depth interviews, and focus group data. Her multi-site research study, Investing in Enduring Resources using theEarned Income Tax Credit, examines how low- to moderate-income families usetheir EITC for social and economic mobility in Champaign and Boston. She also does research on the GautreauxAssisted Housing Program in Chicago, which is one of the nation’s largestdesegregation programs.
Additional Campus Affiliations
Associate Professor, African American Studies
Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
Associate Professor, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Associate Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Associate Professor, Biomedical and Translational Sciences
Chioneso, N. A., Hunter, C. D., Gobin, R. L., McNeil Smith, S., Mendenhall, R., & Neville, H. A. (2020). Community Healing and Resistance Through Storytelling: A Framework to Address Racial Trauma in Africana Communities. Journal of Black Psychology, 46(2-3), 95-121. https://doi.org/10.1177/0095798420929468
Greenlee, A., Kramer, K., Andrade, F., Bellisle, D., Blanks, R., & Mendenhall, R. (Accepted/In press). Financial Instability in the Earned Income Tax Credit Program: Can Advanced Periodic Payments Ameliorate Systemic Stressors? Urban Affairs Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/1078087420921527
Lee, M. J., Collins, J. D., Harwood, S. A., Mendenhall, R., & Huntt, M. B. (2020). “If you aren’t White, Asian or Indian, you aren’t an engineer”: racial microaggressions in STEM education. International Journal of STEM Education, 7(1), . https://doi.org/10.1186/s40594-020-00241-4
Andrade, F. C. D., Kramer, K. Z., Greenlee, A., Williams, A. N., & Mendenhall, R. (2019). Impact of the Chicago Earned Income Tax Periodic Payment intervention on food security. Preventive Medicine Reports, 16, . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2019.100993
Brown, N. M., Mendenhall, R., Black, M., Moer, M. V., Flynn, K., McKee, M., Zerai, A., Lourentzou, I., & Zhai, C. X. (2019). In Search of Zora/When Metadata Isn’t Enough: Rescuing the Experiences of Black Women Through Statistical Modeling. Journal of Library Metadata, 19(3-4), 141-162. https://doi.org/10.1080/19386389.2019.1652967