Ruby Mendenhall is an Associate Professor in Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Mendenhall uses mixed methods research to examine how living in racially segregated neighborhoods with high levels of violence affects Black mothers’ mental and physical health. She also studies how racial microaggressions affect students of color health and sense of belonging on predominantly white campuses. She uses advanced computing to recover Black women’s lost history. Her research has appeared in academic journals such as Public Health, Social Forces, Social Science Research, Demography, Housing Policy Debate, The Review of Black Political Economy, The Black Scholar, and Social Service Review.