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Black Feminist Think Tank

Black Feminism Is: Reflections on the Black Feminist Think Tank Symposium

Introduction On 20-21 March 2015, hundreds gathered at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to examine black feminism as an intellectual and political practice and to chart a way forward. As faculty, students, and activists from around the United States and beyond, we shared our frustrations with the isolation and invisibility (or, in some cases, notoriety) we have experienced as black women and women of color in higher education. Twenty years after the path-breaking ...

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Sherie M. Randolph is an assistant professor of African American Studies and History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the author of Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical (University of North Carolina Press, September 2015). 

Erica R. Edwards is an associate professor of English at the University of California, Riverside and the author of Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership (University of Minnesota Press, 2012).

Beverly Guy-Sheftall is the founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College. http://thenewpress.com/books/words-of-fire

Dayo Gore is an associate professor in the Ethnic Studies Department and Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego and the author of Radicalism at the Crossroads: African American Women Activists in the Cold War (New York University Press, 2012).

Emily Thuma is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

Tiya Miles is the Elsa Barkley Brown Collegiate Professor of African American Women’s History at the University of Michigan. She is the former chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at Michigan and the author of Ties that Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (University of California Press, 2006)

Maria Cotera is an associate professor in American Culture and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the author of Native Speakers: Ella Deloria, Zora Neale Hurston, Jovita Gonzalez and the Poetics of Culture (University of Texas Press, 2008).

Mireille Miller-Young is an associate professor of Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara and the author of A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography (Duke University Press, 2014)

LaMonda Horton-Stallings is an associate professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University and the author of Mutha’ Is Half a Word!: Intersections of Folklore, Vernacular, Myth, and Queerness in Black Female Culture (Ohio State University Press, 2007).

Donna Murch is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University and the author of Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California (University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

Evelyn Alsultany is an associate professor in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, where she coordinates Arab and Muslim American Studies and the author of Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11 (New York University Press, 2012).

Sherene Seikaly is an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the co-editor of the Arab Studies Journal and author of Seikaly's Men of Capital in Times of Scarcity: Economy in Palestine (Stanford University Press, November 2015).