Maxine Baca Zinn

Maxine  Baca Zinn
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Department of Sociology
  • PhD, University of Oregon, 1978
  • MA, University of New Mexico, 1970
  • BA, California State University, Long Beach, 1966


Maxine Baca Zinn is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. 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, Michael Messner, and Stephanie J. Nawyn). She is the coauthor (with D. Stanley Eitzen) of Diversity in Families and Social Problems, both of which won McGuffey Awards from the Text and Academic Authors Association for excellence over multiple editions. With Eitzen, Baca Zinn is also the author of In Conflict and Order: Understanding Societyand Globalization: The Transformation of Social Worlds. In 2000, Baca Zinn received the American Sociological Association’s Jessie Bernard Award for expanding the horizons of Sociology to include the study of women. She received the Charles Horton Cooley Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Michigan Sociological Association in 2013, and the Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award from the Latino/a Section of the American Sociological Association in 2015.


Maxine Baca Zinn and Barbara Wells. "The Racialization of Latino Families," Journal of Family Issues (June 2022) DOI:10,1177/0192513X221105246.

Maxine Baca Zinn and Alfredo Mirande, "Latino/a Sociology: Toward a New Paradigm," Sociology of Race and Ethnicity Vol 7. no.3 (July 2021).

Maxine Baca Zinn and Ruth Enid Zambrana, 2019. “Chicanas/Latinas Advance Intersectional Thought and Practice.” Gender & Society

Maxine Baca Zinn, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Michael A. Messner, and Stephanie J. Nawyn, eds. 2019. Gender Through The Prism of Difference, 6thEdition. Oxford University Press.  

D. Stanley Eitzen, Kelly Eitzen Smith, and Maxine Baca Zinn, 2017. In Conflict and Order: Understanding Society, 14th Edition. Pearson Education Incorporated. 

D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn, 2015. “Language and Gender Inequality: Change and Continuity in the Naming of Collegiate Sport Teams,” in Sport in Contemporary Society: An Anthology. D. Stanley Eitzen, ed. Oxford University Press.

Maxine Baca Zinn, D. Stanley Eitzen, and Barbara Wells, 2015. Diversity in Families, 10th Edition. Pearson Education Incorporated.