Zimife Umeh

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Duke University

Research Interests

Incarceration and Reentry, Gender, Inequality, Education


Zimife Umeh is a Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sociology Department. Her research interests include incarceration and reentry, gender, inequality, and education. Her current project uses an intersectional approach to explore formerly incarcerated women’s pathways to prison, identity development, and navigation of institutions during the reentry period. Her previous research on education produced two manuscripts: "The Role of Social Class in Educational Attainment: Do Blacks Benefit Less from Increases in Parent’s Social Class Status?" published in the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and "The Impact of Suspension on Participation in School-Based Extracurricular Activities and Out-of-School Community Service" published in Social Science Research.

Umeh received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University in 2020, with her dissertation titled, "Gender, Institutions, and Punishment: Examining the Experiences of Formerly Incarcerated Women,” and her research was supported by the Ford Foundation. She holds an M.Ed. from Chestnut Hill College, and a B.S. in Finance and B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.