Dionne Bensonsmith earned a B.A. in government and international affairs from the University of Notre Dame, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research specialties include public policy, race and gender politics, health and social policy, and reproductive health. A recipient of fellowships from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Pew Foundation, Cornell University, and Syracuse University, Dr. Bensonsmith’s work in the areas of diversity and public policy has been recognized by the University of Michigan and the Ford Foundation. Dr. Bensonsmith has published several articles on African American women and public policy including: “Jezebels, Matriarchs, and Welfare Queens: The Moynihan Report of 1965 and the Social Construction of African American Women in Welfare Policy.” She has taught at Cornell University, Grinnell College, and the Claremont Graduate University. The principle investigator for the Women of Color Reproductive Health Study, Dr. Bensonsmith resides in southern California where she is completing a book on black women, reproductive health and fibroids.
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