Marlese Durr

COLA Outstanding Research Award
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Sociology and Anthropology

Marlese Durr’s noteworthy publications demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the communities in which she does her research. Her work is complex, groundbreaking, and discipline altering. Dr. Durr has extensively researched and examined labor market issues for African Americans—particularly women—within the context of the larger society and their communities. Her published scholarship represents a significant contribution to the field of sociology by offering sociological explanations for issues centering on race and the labor market. Her findings are a vital addition to the discipline for their insight into African American women’s social and cultural journeys. Dr. Durr’s interests also include entrepreneurship and race, as well as an examination of societal electoral, social, and cultural cues. Her often interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship has been published in well-established, high-impact journals, and she has broadened the sociological lexicon with concepts she coined and redefined. She is the recipient of prestigious fellowships and serves on important editorial boards.


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