Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth

Research Interests

Dr. Culbreth's interdisciplinary research interests include the following:

  • Intraracial and interracial colorism issues in society, the workplace, and educational settings.
  • Skin color complexes, girls and women of color, standards of beauty and skin color, phenotype ideologies (Culbreth, 2014) and the PEPS effects of colorism.


  • Race issues involving identity, racial unity, racism, equality, issues affecting people of color, and mixed race identity, in society, the workplace and educational settings.


  • Quality education (including closing the achievement gap for students of color), student success, higher ground, academic rigor, and reviving the purpose of education.

The Workplace

  • Administrative leadership, inclusion, diversity, and management in diverse settings involving diverse populations.
  • Employee relations.
  • Cultures of Ignorance (Culbreth, 2015), Cultures of Exclusion (Culbreth, 2015), and Cultures of  Blindness (Culbreth, 2015).

  • Diversity in the workplace, intraracial diversity and interracial diversity.

  • Colorism in the workplace.

  • Identity groups, the social identity theory, prejudice, stereotypes and groupthink, understanding privilege, psychic prisons in the workplace, Title VII, and disparate treatment of people of color.

 Girls and Women of Color

  • Personal enrichment (self-esteem, self-love, self-identity, self-pride and self-respect) of girls and women of color.

  • Defying negative stereotypes and breaking down skin color and racial barriers, and biased standards of beauty that continue to ignore the diversity of girls and women of color.
  • PEPS Syndrome (Culbreth, 2014), girls and women of color.
  • Issues that continue to stagnate the PEPS well-being and growth of people of color (societal, workplace, and educational settings).