Visiting Assistant Professor

2003 Ph.D., Northwestern University
1994 M.A., Temple University
1992 B.A., University of Illinois

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I believe the best teachers are those who, themselves, have a passion for learning and helping others discover the excitement of critical thought and intellectual engagement. I earned an M.A. in African American Studies from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University with expertise in the sociology of families and quantitative methodologies. Specifically, I study the intersection of family, race, gender, mental health and social policy. I am concerned with the family as an institution that interacts with larger social, cultural, economic, and political environments. Often there is a disconnect between the social policy discussions of family, economics, education and incarceration; and the experience of an increasing number of families that must meet their overlapping effects. My research has focused on how family structures and processes may be associated with mental health outcomes for men in racial/ethnic minority families, with an emphasis on families with nonresident parents. The quality of dyadic relationships within families (i.e. father-child, father-mother, father-maternal grandparent, father-new partner), are key elements of the family process. I examine how such relationships are linked to father’s mental health, and more importantly, how these relationships interact in contexts determined by social policies of family, economics, education, and incarceration. These interests undergird my teaching. I currently teach a range of courses in Sociology, Criminal Justice, and African American Studies.

Contact Information

Office: 4160 
Phone: 312-996-0213
E-mail: rmuhamma@uic.edu