Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.Phil.Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2003
M.A. University of Texas at Austin, 1993
B.A. Queens College, City University of New York, 1989
Professor Ronda has long-standing interests in deviance, criminal justice, public policy and the methods of social research. Her dissertation examined the impact of neoliberal political forces on people working within low-income urban neighborhoods struggling for social change in a New York City neighborhood. Her research focused on the difficulties that emerge when inequalities of gender, race, ethnicity, wealth and power are obscured by efforts at “community empowerment” and how these efforts engender exhaustion among the very people they are meant to inspire.
Professor Ronda has acted as principal investigator on many social program evaluations, working closely with nonprofits, local residents and governmental agencies on programs ranging from efforts to address youth violence, youth substance abuse, improve children’s educational experiences and train community residents to advocate for health care in underserved communities. She is the Faculty Advisor to the Bedford Hills College Program Club.