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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
Professor, African American Studies
Professor, Biomedical and Translational Sciences
Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Professor, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Associate Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Choi, S., Clark, P. G., Gutierrez, V., Runion, C., & Mendenhall, R. (2022). Racial Microaggressions and Latinxs' Well-being: A Systematic Review. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 31(1), 16-27. https://doi.org/10.1080/15313204.2020.1827336
Bu, Q., & Mendenhall, R. (Accepted/In press). Educating Latinx and African American Students in Charter Schools: A Comparative Study from Chicago. Education and Urban Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/00131245211027522
Choi, S., Weng, S., Park, H., Lewis, J., Harwood, S. A., Mendenhall, R., & Huntt, M. B. (2021). Sense of Belonging, Racial Microaggressions, and Depressive Symptoms among Students of Asian Descent in the United States. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 91(2), 115-141. https://doi.org/10.1080/00377317.2021.1882922
Cross, K. J., Mendenhall, R., Clancy, K. B. H., Imoukhuede, P., & Amos, J. (2021). The Pieces of Me: The Double Bind of Race and Gender in Engineering. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 27(3), 79-105. https://doi.org/10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2021034902
Greenlee, A., Kramer, K., Andrade, F., Bellisle, D., Blanks, R., & Mendenhall, R. (2021). Financial Instability in the Earned Income Tax Credit Program: Can Advanced Periodic Payments Ameliorate Systemic Stressors? Urban Affairs Review, 57(6), 1626-1655. https://doi.org/10.1177/1078087420921527