“The Singing Mural” mural, Artworks Cincinnati


Jennifer Malat

Dr. Jennifer Malat – Director
Email: jennifer.malat@uc.edu

Professor of Sociology at UC, co-founded The Cincinnati Project with Earl Wright II. She studies how social inequality leads to inequality in health and health care, with a focus on racial inequality. Jennifer is also Associate Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, please visit Dr. Malat’s faculty page here.


Earl Wright II

Dr. Earl Wright II – Director of Classroom Partnered Research
Email: earl.wright@uc.edu

Professor of Sociology, co-founded the Cincinnati Project with Jennifer Malat. He studies the contributions of Blacks to the discipline of sociology and hip hop culture. Earl is a past president of the Association of Black Sociologists and Mid-South Sociological Association. For more information, please visit Dr. Wright’s faculty page here.


Farrah Jacquez

Farrah Jacquez, Ph.D. – Director of Collaborative Community Research
Email: farrah.jacquez@uc.edu

Dr. Farrah Jacquez is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Cincinnati. Her work primarily focuses on community-partnered research promoting health equity. In particular, Dr. Jacquez works with Latino stakeholders in Cincinnati to identify interventions to improve health and healthcare experiences of Latino families. She also works with healthcare service providers to investigate maternal stress and infant outcomes. For more information, please visit Farrah Jacquez’s faculty page here.


Curtis WebbCurtis L. Webb III – Project Coordinator and Graduate Assistant
Email: webbcu@mail.uc.edu

Curtis Webb, a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology, is the project coordinator and graduate assistant for The Cincinnati Project. His research interests include race, resistance, and exploring how the socialization process differs for individuals based on the intersection of their identities. Webb’s recent research focuses on how parents’ from different backgrounds justify their children’s involvement in extra-curricular activities, and why this is an important part of the socialization process for these parents. For more information, please visit Curtis Webb’s faculty page here.

Advisory Committee

Steve Carlton-Ford

Steve Carlton-Ford – Department Head, Sociology

Dr. Steve Carlton-Ford is the department head of Sociology at UC. He examines the impact of social conditions on the well-being of children & adolescents. For more information, please visit Steve Carlton-Ford’s faculty page here.




Emily HouhEmily Houh – Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, Law School

Two-time Goldman Prize for Teaching Excellence winner Emily Houh is the Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of Law and Contracts at the University Cincinnati College of Law. Since 2003, she has taught the interplay between contract law, commercial law, critical race theory and socioeconomic inequality. Her recent research with UC Law colleague Professor Kristin Kalsem “looks at how participatory action research methods can be used to engage in critical race/feminist praxis, by exploring the raced and gendered nature of the ‘fringe economy’”. Additionally, Houh is Co-Director of the College’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice. For more information, please visit Emily Houh’s faculty page here.


Troy Jackson

Troy Jackson – AMOS Project

Rev. Troy Jackson, PhD in history, is a published author and writer, community representative at Hughes High School and the former Senior Pastor of University Christian Church (UCC). He currently serves as Faith Outreach Director for the We Are Ohio campaign, which seeks to repeal the anti-union Senate Bill 5 in Ohio. Jackson is also the Executive Director at the AMOS Project, a federation of congregations in Greater Cincinnati dedicated to building a community where all systems are working toward every person’s success, not their failure – a vision referred to as the “Beloved Community” by the AMOS Project. Under his leadership at UCC, Rohs Street Café was established, aiming to promote community engagement, the arts and social justice. To learn more about the AMOS Project, please click here.


Dorothy Smoot – Greater Cincinnati Urban League

Dorothy Smoot is a social service programmer who specializes in entrepreneurship, business development and youth and adult education at Greater Cincinnati Urban League (GCUL). As Chief Program Officer at GCUL, Smoot administers curriculum pertaining to youth academic tutoring, teen and young adult workforce readiness and entry into competitive workforce level positions, alongside leadership programs aimed at young African-American professionals and awareness programs promoting sickle cell disease prevention and education. In addition to her position at GCUL, Smoot serves on the Police Chief’s Advisory Board, City Manager’s Advisory Board and is the Executive Director of the Community Police Partnering Center and the Team Leader for the Community Engagement Team of the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence. For more information on Dorothy Smoot, please click here and for more information on the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, please click here.

Guy-Lucien Whembolua

Dr. Whembolua is assistant professor in the department of Africana Studies. He is a behavioral scientist with expertise in public health in low-income countries, immigrant health and substance use among underserved populations. He currently serves as the director of the Global Health Studies certificate and the Africana Health research laboratory.



Dr. Shaunak Sastry
Dr. Shaunak Sastry is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati and an affiliate faculty at the Center for Culture-Centered Research and Evaluation. His areas of interest are global health communication, critical theory and culture-centered approaches to social change with a particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS campaigns in the global south



Cary Powell

Cary Powell is the Executive Director of Mary Magdalen House. Cary joined the House after serving for many years as Executive Director of Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund. Cary works directly with guests, providing for their needs. In addition, she works to increase awareness of Mary Magdalen House in the Cincinnati community, and ensure that the House has the resources it needs to continue its mission.


Carolette Norwood

Dr. Carolette Norwood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and affiliate faculty in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Norwood currently researches sexual health disparities for African American women in urban environments.