I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. I study the role of race and gender within family relationships and family policies. I examine Black women’s identity construction, daughter-father relationships, Black fatherhood, and structural and cultural influences. My research has been supported by university and national grants, including the National Poverty Center. IMaria Johnson website profile photo--81613 earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan and a BA in History from Hampton University.