Maxine Baca Zinn is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Oregon. Her books include WOMEN OF COLOR IN U.S. SOCIETY (with Bonnie Thornton Dill), and GENDER THROUGH THE PRISM OF DIFFERENCE (with Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Michael Messner). She is the coauthor (with D. Stanley Eitzen) of several sociology textbooks including DIVERSITY IN FAMILIES and SOCIAL PROBLEMS, both of which won McGuffey Awards for excellence over multiple editions from the Text and Academic Authors Association, and GLOBLIZATION : THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOCIAL WORLDS. Baca Zinn served as president of the Western Social Science Association. In 2000 she received Sociology's highest award for work on gender, the American Sociological Association's Jessie Bernard Award. She received the Charles Horton Cooley Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Michigan Sociological Association in 2013 and the Distinguished Career Award from the Latino Section of the American Sociological Association in 2015.