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Bonnie Thornton Dill

Professor and Dean
College of Arts and Humanities
Primary Expertise: 
Women's Studies
Gender and Race

Bonnie Thornton Dill is dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and professor of women’s studies. Her research focuses on the intersections of race and gender; Black and Latina women in higher education; and work, family and poverty.

Her work has been printed and reprinted in numerous collections and volumes, and she is the author of:

  • Emerging Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender in Theory, Policy, and Practice (2009)
  • “Intersectionality: A Transformative Paradigm in Feminist Theory and Social Justice” Handbook of Feminist Research: Theory and Praxis (forthcoming)
  • “Instituting a Legacy of Change: Transforming the Campus Climate through Intellectual Leadership” Doing Diversity in Higher Education (2009) 
  • “Disparities in Latina Health: An Intersectional Analyses” Gender, Race Class & Health (2006)

Prior to assuming the position of dean, Thornton Dill chaired UMD's Women’s Studies Department for eight years. In addition, she has worked with colleagues to found two research centers that have been national leaders in developing and disseminating the body of scholarship that has come to be known by the term “intersectionality.” Today she holds the title of founding director for both the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis and the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity at UMD. Thornton Dill also serves as chair of the Advisory Board of Scholars for Ms. Magazine.

Ph.D. New York University
M.A. New York University
B.A. University of Rochester