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Maxine Baca Zinn Award Statement

Maxine Baca Zinn, Michigan State University

Maxine Baca Zinn’s significant cumulative work has expanded the horizons of sociology to encompass fully the role of women.  Indeed, she has gone at least one step further, expanding our understanding of gender to embrace the experiences of women of color.  In addition to her many articles and book chapters, she has co-authored several books on the family, social problems, women of color, and sex and gender.  Her work on the intersection of race, class, and gender places Professor Baca Zinn at the cutting edge of the discipline. She engages beginning students in introductory sociology courses as well as colleagues well-versed in research on race, class, and gender. She has also served her profession well, as an ASA Council member, officer in both Family as well as Sex and Gender Sections, SSSP Board Member, President of the Western Social Science Association, and on innumerable other committees and editorial boards.