Marlese Durr, Ph.D.

Sch of Social Sci's & Int'l Studies
Professor, African & African American Studies
Allyn 363, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Marlese Durr is a Professor in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. from the University at Albany, The State University of New York. Her areas of specialization include work and occupations, race and labor markets, African Americans and social networks, entrepreneurship and inner-city neighborhoods, and stressful life events and African American women. She has served as the President of Society for the Study of Social Problems (2014-2015) and Sociologists for Women in Society (2004-2005), and Chair of Publications for Gender & Society. She is currently serving as an Advisory Board Member for Social Problems, and Founding Editorial Board Member of The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

Curriculum Vitae

Education History

1993 Ph.D, Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York  

Dissertation: The Use of Cross-Ethnic Ties in the Facilitation of Promotions: African Americans and Managerial Labor Markets in the Public Sector

1985 M. A., Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York 

1979 M. A., African American Studies, University at Albany, State University of New York   

1978 B. S., Liberal Studies, University of Detroit and University at Albany  


  • Research Methods
  • Sociology of Work
  • Race and Minority  Relations
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Race, Work, and Family
  • Sex, Drugs, and HIV/AIDS
  • Urban Sociology
  • Neighborhoods and Communities
  • Explaining Crime  
  • The Social Politics of African American Women 




Durr, Marlese. 2006. Race, Work, and Family in the Lives of African American Men and Women. Textbook/Reader, edited by Marlese Durr and Shirley A. Hill. New York:  Rowman & Littlefield.

Durr, Marlese. 2002. The New Politics of Race: From Du Bois to The 21st Century. edited by Marlese Durr. West Port, Connecticut: Praeger Press.

Guest Edited Periodicals

Durr, Marlese.2002."African American Women: Gender Relations, Work, and The Political Economy in The Twenty-First Century." Gender & Society, Vol. 16. N0. 4. with Shirley A. Hill. 

Chapters in Books

Durr, Marlese 2006. “The Family-Work Interface.” in Race, Work, and Family in the Lives of African American Men and Women with Shirley A. Hill. 

Durr, Marlese. 2002. “Social Networks and Occupational Mobility” Pp. 55-71 in The New Politics of Race: From Du Bois to the 21st Century. Edited by Marlese Durr. West Port, Connecticut: Praeger Press.


Durr, Marlese (2015) Presidential Address: “Removing the Mask, Lifting the Veil: Race, Class, and Gender in The 21st Century.” Social Problems, Social Problems Vol. 63 (2) 1-10.

Durr, Marlese (2015) “What is the Difference between Slave Patrols and Modern Day Policing? Institutional Violence in a Community of Color.” Critical Sociology 41(6)873-879.

Durr, Marlese. (2014) Neighborhood-level Influences on Delays in Mammography Follow-up in African-American Women,” with Barbara Fowler. Journal of Women’s Health, Vo1 3, No. 2.

Durr, Marlese. (2013) “Meeting the Healthcare Needs of African-Americans: Challenges of the Affordable Care Act” Vol. 24 No.2 with Barbara Fowler in the Journal of The National Black Nurses Association.

Durr, Marlese. (2013) 2) “The Donut Hole Experience: Using a Discerning Eye while Walking in Cities in For the Walking in the City: Quotidian Mobility and Ethnographic Method, Temple University Press (in-Press)

Durr, Marlese. (2011) “Keep Your “N” IN Check: African American Women and The Interactive Effects of Etiquette and Emotional Labor.” with Adia Harvey Wingfield, Critical Sociology, Vol 37. No. 6

Durr, Marlese (2010). Inner-City African-American Women’s Adolescence as Stressful Life Events: Understanding Substance Abusing Behavior.” Journal of African American Studies, Vol. 12. No.3, with La Fleur Small and Eloise Dunlap.

Durr, Marlese. 2010Small Town Life: A Study in Race Relations.” Ethnography, Vol. 11(1): 127–143.

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

2014-2015, President            Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)

2014-2015, Member             Lewis Coser Award Committee, American Sociological Association

2015-2017, Member             American Sociological Association Status on the Women Committee

2013-2015, Member             Publications Committee Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) 2013-14

2012-2013, Member             Publications Committee, Gender & Society

2012-2014, Member             Board of Directors, Society for Study of Social Problems (SSSP)

2011-2016, Member             Editorial Board for Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, American Sociological Association Sponsored Journal for Section on Race & Ethnicity

2010-2012, Division Chair   Racial/Ethnic Minorities (SSSP)

2009-2012, Member             Committee on Professional Ethics (ASA)

2007-2008, Chair                  Erwin O. Smigel Award (SSSP)

2006-2007, Member             The Robert and Helen Lynd Award Committee

2006-2007, Member             C. Wright Mills Award Committee (SSSP)

2005-2006, President            Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)

2004, President-Elect            Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)

2004, Chair                            Section on Racial/ Ethnic Minorities, American Sociological  Association

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