Cora Marrett

Position title: Member, Board of Visitors, Since 2019


Headshot of Cora Marrett

BA, Sociology, Virginia Union University, 1963

MS, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1965

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1968

Cora Marrett is Professor Emerita in the Department of Sociology, where she served for over 20 years.  She has held appointments as well at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Wisconsin System, and the National Science Foundation.   She has been a member of Boards of Directors/Advisory Committees for the Social Science Research Council; the Russell Sage Foundation; the Argonne National Laboratory; and divisions of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Marrett is committed to inclusion in science – of fields of knowledge and all of human talent.  The organization, Quality Education for Minorities, recognized her for “outstanding contributions to the field of Sociology and to the participation of minorities in mathematics, science, and engineering.”  The American Sociological Association granted her the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award for her lifetime of research, teaching, and service in the tradition of the three African American namesakes.

Cora and her husband, Louis, reside in Madison.