Ruby Mendenhall

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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. 

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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.

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3073 Lincoln Hall
702 S Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801
M/C 454

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Research Output

Asian international student and asian American student: Mistaken identity and racial microaggressions

Yeo, H. J. T., Mendenhall, R., Harwood, S. A. & Huntt, M. B., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of International Students. 9, 1, p. 39-65 27 p.

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  • In Search of Zora/When Metadata Isn’t Enough: Rescuing the Experiences of Black Women Through Statistical Modeling

    Brown, N. M., Mendenhall, R., Black, M., Moer, M. V., Flynn, K., McKee, M., Zerai, A., Lourentzou, I. & Zhai, C. X., Oct 8 2019, In : Journal of Library Metadata. 19, 3-4, p. 141-162 22 p.

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  • Periodic Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Payment, Financial Stress and Wellbeing: A Longitudinal Study

    Kramer, K. Z., Andrade, F. C. D., Greenlee, A. J., Mendenhall, R., Bellisle, D. & Lemons Blanks, R., Sep 15 2019, In : Journal of Family and Economic Issues. 40, 3, p. 511-523 13 p.

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  • Racial Microaggressions and Sense of Belonging at a Historically White University

    Lewis, J. A., Mendenhall, R., Ojiemwen, A., Thomas, M., Riopelle, C., Harwood, S. A. & Browne Huntt, M., Jan 1 2019, In : American Behavioral Scientist.

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