Marya Thembi Mtshali received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston College under the tutelage of Dr. Zine Magubane. She obtained her B.S. in Sociology, B.S. in Marketing with an emphasis in international business, and a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Arizona State University. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, Mtshali worked in the finance industry for several years, and, during her studies, she worked in the non-profit sector.

Her areas of interest include gender, race, and sexuality studies, intersectional theory, and inequality. In her dissertation “Gray Matter: The Roles of Race, Gender, and Racialized Gender Ideologies in the Management of Racial Difference in Heterosexual Black/White Intimate Relationships,” Mtshali used an intersectional lens to interrogate and illuminate the ways in which race, gender and racialized gender ideologies interact to shape how members of heterosexual Black/White intimate couples perceive certain social situations and their options for negotiating social norms and issues -- specifically, negative public interactions, intra-relational discussions of race, and childrearing.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, indoor gardening, listening to music, and reading.