Dr. Zimife Umeh
Zimife is the founder of Aziza Research & Consulting (ARC). ARC provides organizations with data driven assessments and evaluations of their people, culture, and structures in order to develop a baseline understanding of strengths and opportunities for growth. As the lead consultant at ARC, Zimife provides data analysis and evaluation services to small- and mid-size
organizations. She has also worked with other consulting companies such as Synergy Marketing and Research Strategy, MSM Global Consulting, and The Anti-Racism Academy to provide research and analysis for external clients.
Zimife received a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. Following this, she spent five years as a high school mathematics teacher in Philadelphia. During this time, she used a data driven approach to glean insights into the educational achievement gap. She also received a master’s degree from Chestnut Hill College in 2011. Seeing the value of data in understanding inequality, Zimife pursued a doctoral degree in the Department of Sociology at Duke University, where she produced her dissertation titled Formerly Incarcerated Women and Institutional Interactions. She received her PhD in Sociology in 2020. During her time at Duke, she was awarded a Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship and the Vorsanger-Smith Scholar Award which recognizes overall excellence in the Duke Sociology graduate program. Zimife is currently a Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University, where she continues to conduct research on race- and gender-based inequalities in organizations. At Brown, she teaches the following courses: “Feminist Perspectives in Criminal Justice” and “Criminal Courts and the Law in an Era of Mass Incarceration.”