Elizabeth Higginbotham is a native New Yorker who did her undergraduate work at City College of the CUNY and graduate work at Brandeis University, where she received her doctorate in Sociology in 1980. Her occupational pursuits have taken her to Pittsburgh, where she spent 1977 until 1980, then New York City, Memphis, St. Paul and Ann Arbor and finally to Wilmington, DE. She worked with Bonnie Thornton Dill and Lynn Weber to establish the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis making it hub for innovation work in the new race, class, and gender scholarship.
In addition to her own research on employment issues for professional Black women, she collaborated with Lynn Weber on a study of mobility issues, employment and health outcomes for a matched sample of Black and White professional and managerial women in Memphis. Many of there publications are in popular readers used in the teaching of race, class, and gender.
She is the author of Too Much to Ask: Black Women in the Era of Integration (University of\ North Carolina Press, 2001) and co-editor of Women and Work: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Class (Sage Publications, 1997). She also has many articles in Gender & Society,Women's Studies Quarterly, and edited