Hello, my name is Dionne Bensonsmith. Welcome to my personal webpage. Here you find information about my research, consulting, teaching, and speaking engagements. Although I will always be a Philly girl at heart, I currently reside in Southern California where I teach in the Applied Women’s Studies Program at the Claremont Graduate University. I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. A former high school All America, I earned my B.A. in government and international studies from the University of Notre Dame where I played basketball for the legendary Muffet McGraw. My research specialties include public policy, race and gender politics, black feminist politics, reproductive justice and feminist methodologies. A recipient of fellowships from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Pew Foundation, Cornell University, Syracuse University, and Scripps College, my work in the areas of diversity, black feminist research methods, and public policy has been recognized by the University of Michigan and the Ford Foundation.
In addition to research, teaching and mentoring graduate students, I am the co-founder and co-director of Mothers on the Frontline, and the founder and co-principle investigator of the Women of Color Reproductive Health Study. A self-confessed pop culture junkie, I am also a novice practitioner of meditation and yoga who enjoys reading. When I am not teaching or writing, I can be found working my second job as the family Uber shuttling my four active children to and from their various activities.