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SWS centers and promotes the Black movement/resistance. The following list highlights Black feminist thoughts, work, expertise, and voices. SWS members have provided the following list of Black Scholars to center during this time of protests, attention to systemic racism, and white supremacy. 

If you would like to add to this list, please email Barret Katuna, SWS Executive Officer, at


List Updated on June 18, 2021

Katie Acosta,

Alishia Alexander,

Michelle Alexander,

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in Age of Colorblindness 

Brenda J. Allen,

Shaonta E. Allen,

Jessica Ayo Alabi,

Carol Anderson,

  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (Bloomsbury Adult, 2017)

Alexia Angton,

Christobel Asiedu,

Celeste Atkins,

Regina S. Baker,

Brittany Battle,

  • The Slavery, Race, & Memory Project: Virtual Public Conversation: The Roots of Unrest: Addressing Racialized Police Violence – June 30, 2020 from 6-7:30 pm featuring Brittany Battle, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University

Nishaun Battle,

  • Black Girlhood, Punishment, and Resistance: Reimagining Justice for Black Girls in Virginia (Routledge, 2019) 

Jean Beaman

Joyce Bell,

Josephine Beoku-Betts,

Dereca Blackmon,

Freeden Blume Oeur

Alicia D. Bonaparte,

  • Co-editor, Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth (1st and 2nd editions) Routledge 2014, 2022.
  • “Global Health and BFS: Diasporic Research and Interventions Rooted in Advocacy” in Zakiya Luna and Whitney Pirtle’s Black feminist sociology: perspectives and practice. Routledge 2021.

Andrea “Drea” S. Boyles,

Enobong (Anna) Branch,

  • Black in America: The Paradox of the Color Line (Polity 2020)
  • Pathways, Potholes, and the Persistence of Women in Science: Reconsidering the Pipeline (Lexington Books 2016)
  • Opportunity Denied: Limiting Black Women to Devalued Work (Rutgers University Press 2011) 

Mia Brantley,

Khiara Bridges,

Karida Brown,

Kenly Brown,

Letisha Brown,

Melissa C. Brown,

Shantel Buggs,

Nicole Burrowes,

  • Building the World We Want to See: A Herstory of Sista II Sista and the Struggle against State and Interpersonal Violence

Renée Byrd,

Charlene Carruthers,

  • Unapologetic : A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements (Beacon Press, 2018)

Prudence Carter,

  • Carter, Prudence L. and Kevin G. Welner. Eds. (2013). Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give All Children an Even Chance. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Carter, Prudence L. (2012). Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. and South African Schools. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Carter, Prudence L. (2005). Keepin’ It Real: School Success beyond Black and White. New York: Oxford University Press.

Felicia Casanova,

Jennifer Casper,

Marcia Chatelain,

  • Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (Liveright, 2020) 
  • South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015) 

Jennifer Cobbina,

  • Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Baltimore and Ferguson Matter, and How They Changed America (NYU Press, 2019) 

Brittany Cooper,

  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)
  • Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (University of Illinois Press, 2017) 

Latoya Council,

Lisa Covington,

Ania Craig,

Kimberlé W. Crenshaw,

  • Police brutality and police overreach/over-policing generally and the #SayHerName movement

Angela Davis,

Shardé M. Davis,

Faith Deckard,

LeConté J. Dill,

Zaire Dinzey Flores,

Dre Domingue,

  • Stephanie Y. Evans, Andrea Dominigue, and Tania D. Mitchell (eds.), Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons, SUNY Press, 2019.

Dawn Dow,

  • Mothering While Black: The Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood (2019, University of California Press).

Sasha Drummond-Lewis,

Tracy L. Dumas,

Marlese Durr,

Stephanie Y. Evans,

  • Stephanie Y. Evans, Andrea Dominigue, and Tania D. Mitchell (eds.), Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons, SUNY Press, 2019.

Crystal Fleming,

  • How to be Less Stupid About Race

Brittany Friedman,

Gloria Gadsden,

Kelly Giles,

Carla Goar,

Vanessa Gonlin,

Jamella Gow,

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Saida Grundy,

Shaquilla Harrigan,

Cherise Harris,

  • The Cosby Cohort: Blessings and Burdens of Growing up Black Middle Class (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013) 

Adia Harvey Wingfield,

  • Flatlining: Race, Work, and Health Care in the New Economy (UC Press, 2019)

Endia Louise Hayes, 

Brittany Hearne,

Loren Henderson,

Marcia Hernandez,

Jasmine D. Hill,

Shirley Hill,

Eundria Hill-Joseph,

Patricia Hill Collins,

  • Black Feminist Thought (Routledge, 2008)

Erica Hill-Yates,

Ashley E. Hollingshead, 

bell hooks,

Yasimyn Irizarry,

Christina Jackson,

  • Black in America: The Paradox of the Color Line (Polity 2020)

Adilia James,

Maria S. Johnson, Founder & Chairperson, Black Women & Girls Fund

Leslie Kay Jones,

Nikki Jones,

  • Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence
  • The Chosen Ones:  Black Men and the Politics of Redemption (UC Press)

Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers,

  • They Were Her Property

Jalia L. Joseph

Tiffany Joseph

Karyn Lacy,

  • Blue-Chip Black: Race, Class, and Status in the New Black Middle Class (2007)

Joyce Ladner, 

Charisse Levchak,

Krystale Littlejohn,

Angelica “Jelly” Loblack,

Nancy López,

Audre Lorde,

Zakiya Luna,

Sadiyah Malcolm,

Shannon Malone Gonzalez,

  • Making It Home: An Intersectional Analysis of the Police Talk

Memory Manda,

Kris Marsh,

Alexis S. McCurn,

Maretta McDonald,

Tressie McMillan Cottom,

  • Thick: And Other Essays 

Peace Medie,

Tsedale Melaku,

Tania Mitchell,

  • Stephanie Y. Evans, Andrea Dominigue, and Tania D.  Mitchell (eds.), Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons, SUNY Press, 2019.

Allison Monterrosa, 

Mignon Moore,

Monique Morris,

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools  (The New Press, 2016) 

Amaka Okechukwu,

Ijeoma Oluo,

Mary J. Osirim,

Mary Patillo,

Amanda Patrick,

Tracy Owens Patton,

  • Patton, Tracy Owens. 2006. “Hey Girl, Am I More than My Hair?: African American Women and Their Struggles with Beauty, Body Image, and Hair.” NWSA Journal, 18(2):24-51.

Ruth Peterson,

Whitney Pirtle,

Chavella T. Pittman, PhD,

Hillary Potter

  • Intersectionality and Criminology: Disrupting and Revolutionizing Studies of Crime (Routledge, 2015) 

Kimala Price,

Andrea Ritchie,

  • Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color (Beacon Press, 2017)

Candice C. Robinson,

Zandria F. Robinson,

Belinda Robnett,

Beth Richie,

  • Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation

Dorothy Roberts,

  • Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty  (Random House/Pantheon, 1997, 1999, 2017). 

Shantee Rosado,

Ashleigh Shelby Rosette,

  • Rosette, Ashleigh Shelby, and Tracy L. Dumas. 2007. “THE HAIR DILEMMA: CONFORM TO MAINSTREAM EXPECTATIONS OR EMPHASIZE RACIAL IDENTITY.” Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, 14:407-21.

Loretta Ross,

Zakia Salime,

  • Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco (Minnesota, 2011). 

Lacee Satcher,

Alyasah A. Sewell,

Fumilayo Showers,

Chaniqua D. Simpson,

Jennifer Patrice Sims, 

Barbara Smith,

  • Police brutality and police overreach/over-policing generally and the #SayHerName movement

Christen Smith,

  • Facing the Dragon: Black Mothering, Sequelae, and Gendered Necropolitics in the Americas

Dwayne Smith,

Chriss Sneed,

C. Riley Snorton,

Starr Solomon,

Kamesha Spates,

Hortense Spillers,

Kimberly Springer,

Ashley Y. Stone,

Sabrina Strings, 



Taura Taylor,

Carieta Thomas,

Korey Tillman,

LaTonya J. Trotter,

Aisha A. Upton,

  • A major part of Aisha’s research agenda is studying the Black feminist movement.
  • Susquehanna University
  • Twitter: @AishaUpton

Brandy Wallace,

Kelly Ward,

Chandra Waring,

Apryl Williams,

Doris Y. Wilkinson,

France Winddance Twine,

Evonnia Woods,

Kristine Wright,

Patrice Wright,

Tashelle Wright,

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor,

  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016)
  • How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (Haymarket Books, 2018)  

Assata Zerai,