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Amira Rose Davis, Ph.D.

Amira Rose Davis, Ph.D.

 

Johns Hopkins University, 2016

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Amira Rose Davis is a 20th century U.S. historian with a particular interest in race, gender, sports and politics. She is currently working on her first book manuscript entitled, “Can’t Eat a Medal”: The Lives and Labors of Black Women Athletes in the Age of Jim Crow which traces the long history of Black women’s athletic labor and symbolic representation in the United States. Using black newspapers and magazines, advertisements, institutional records of black colleges and social organizations, yearbooks, scorecards, Olympic reports, personal and family correspondence, and oral histories, her work demonstrates the ways in which black women’s athletics impacted negotiations of modern and respectable black womanhood, concepts of racial destiny and struggles for civil rights. While highlighting women who used athletics to gain social mobility or assert new notions of black womanhood, this project ultimately argues that black institutions, sporting organizations and state apparatuses routinely used black women’s athletic bodies to advance their respective social, political and financial interests.  Dr. Davis is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of History and Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State.

Recent Publications

"No League of Their Own: Baseball, Black Women and the Politics of Representation," Radical History Review, Issue 125, May 2016

“On the Courts of Druid Hill: Lucy Diggs Slowe and the Rise of Organized Black Tennis” in Baltimore Sports History: Stories from Charm City, ed. Daniel Nathan. Sport, Culture, and Society Series, University of Arkansas Press, August 2016

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AnneMarie Mingo, Ph.D.

AnneMarie Mingo, Ph.D.

 

Religion

Emory University, 2013

Email:  axm583@psu.edu

AnneMarie Mingo has completed her Ph.D. in Ethics and Society in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University.  Her research interests include socio-religious activism of African American women and theological and ethical influences in social movements.  As an Africana Research Center post-doctoral fellow she will focus on revising her dissertation that develops a Lived theology and Liberative social ethic from the lived experiences of Black Churchwomen who were involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Her recent publication Restoring Rosewood: Movements from Pain to Power to Peace, appears in The Practical Matters Journal.  She is the recipient of many fellowships and awards including the Andrew W. Mellon Teaching Fellowship.  Dr. Mingo now serves as an Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State.

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Crystal Sanders, Ph.D.

Crystal Sanders, Ph.D.

 

History

Northwestern University, 2011

Email:  crs19@psu.edu

Dr. Sanders is a twentieth century United States historian with a particular interest in the African American freedom struggle in the U.S. South. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her doctoral dissertation, which was entitled, "To Be Free of Fear: Black Women's Fight for Freedom Through the Child Development Group of Mississippi." In the book project, she considers how the Child Development Group of Mississippi (CDGM), a federal Head Start program for low-income preschoolers, produced a political battle between poor black mothers and grandmothers and white southern congressmen. Between 1965 and 1968, Mississippi's black working-class participants collaborated with the federal government to seek bottom-up change in the most repressive state in the country. They moved beyond teaching shapes and colors to challenge the state's closed political system and white supremacist ideology. Black women who had previously worked as sharecroppers and domestics now had significantly higher salaries as preschool teachers in jobs that provided them with the financial freedom to vote and send their children to previously all-white schools. Their challenge antagonized a white power structure, at both the local and state levels, that was unaccustomed to financially independent and assertive blacks. It provoked opposition that significantly diminished the transformative possibilities of Head Start and other War on Poverty programs.  Dr. Sanders now serves as an Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at Penn State.

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Ariane Cruz, Ph.D.

Ariane Cruz, Ph.D.

 

African Diaspora Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women Gender and Sexuality

University of California-Berkeley, 2010

Email:  auc21@psu.edu

Ariane Cruz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State.  She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in African Diaspora Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality.  Her manuscript, The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography, is in published with New York University Press (2016).   

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Kathryn Gines, Ph.D.

Kathryn Gines, Ph.D.

 

Philosophy

University of Memphis, 2003

Email:  ktg3@psu.edu

Professor Gines' primary research and teaching interests lie in Continental philosophy (especially Existentialism and Phenomenology), African American/Africana Philosophy, Black Feminist Philosophy, and Critical Philosophy of Race.  She has also taught in African American Studies/African Diaspora Studies.  Some of the major figures she writes about and teaches include Hannah Arendt, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon,  Anna Julia Cooper and Richard Wright.  Professor Gines has published articles on race, assimilation, feminism, intersectionality, and sex and sexuality in contemporary hip-hop.  She  co-edited an anthology titled "Convergences: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy" (SUNY Press, 2010) and is author of "Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question" (Indiana University Press, 2014).  Professor Gines is the founding director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers (CBWP), the director of Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy (CUSP), and a founding co-editor of the journal Critical Philosophy of Race (CPR).  She is an active member of several professional organizations such as the American Philosophical Association, Society for Phenomenology and Existentialist Philosophy, Caribbean Philosophical Association, and Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora.  Married with four children she has a passion for empowering academics and professionals in the areas of work, life, and wellness balance.  The founding director of Work.Life.Wellness.Balance.Bliss, Gines offers workshops on work/life balance, academic balance, home balance, and wellness and self-care balance.  She is certified yoga instructor (RYT, 500 with an emphasis on yoga lifestyle teaching).  Dr. Gines is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Founding Director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers at Penn State.

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Gabeba Baderoon, Ph.D.

Gabeba Baderoon, Ph.D.

 

University of Cape Town, 2004

Email: gxb26@psu.edu

Gabeba Baderoon is the author of Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-Apartheid (Wits, 2014) and the poetry collections The Dream in the Next Body and A Hundred Silences. She received the South African National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences Best Monograph award in 2017.  Dr. Baderoon received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Cape Town and has held fellowships in the African Gender Institute, the Nordic Africa Institute, and the Centre for Contemporary Islam. Dr. Baderoon is currently an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and African Studies at Penn State, and an Extraordinary Professor of English at Stellenbosch University. She co-directs the African Feminist Initiative at Penn State with Alicia Decker.

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Shirley Moody-Turner, Ph.D.

Shirley Moody-Turner, Ph.D.

 

University of Maryland, 2006

Email: scm18@psu.edu

Shirley Moody-Turner is an associate professor of English and African American Studies at Penn State. She is the author of Black Folklore and the Politics of Racial Representation, co-editor of Contemporary African American Literature: The Living Canon, and has recently signed on as editor of African American Literature in Transition, 1900-1910 (Cambridge University Press). She is co-founder of the Anna Julia Cooper Society, co-organizer of the Celebrating African American Literature conference, and Past President of the African American Literature and Culture Society. Her current project, Privately Printing: Anna Julia Cooper and the Gender Politics of Black Publishing, examines Anna Julia Cooper’s innovative engagements with publishing and print culture.

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