I recently had the pleasure of conducting a workshop on intersectionality and Black feminist epistemology for the researchers of the NSF IUSE Grant, “Centering Women of Color in STEM: Identifying and Scaling Up What Helps Women of Color Thrive.” After I presented on the topics, we worked on ways that intersectionality can be used while they are conducting research and when they are analyzing their data. The principal investigators who invited me to conduct this workshop are Angela Johnson and Apriel Hodari.
I have had a chapter published in The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education (2018), edited by Louise Mansfield, Jayne Caudwell, Belinda Wheaton, and Beccy Watson. The book chapter, “Judith Butler, Feminism, and the Sociology of Sport,” chronicles the ways in which Butler’s theories of gender performativity have influenced and been used in sociological scholarship on women and LGBT athletes and sport participation.
After teaching exclusively for the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland last year, this year I am branching out across campus. During the fall term, I am teaching “Introduction to Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies” for the third consecutive term, and also “The Female Athlete” as part of the collection of core courses that incoming freshman are required to take. In the spring, I will be teaching “Sport and Social Activism” for the African and African Diaspora Studies Program. This class will be tied to intersectionality so that we can view the linkages between, say, the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match and NFL players taking a knee to protest social inequality. Last year, I had the opportunity to build the “Introduction to Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies” course as well as create a course on “Black Feminisms.”
President Tuajuanda Jordan organized a reception for first-generation college students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Its purpose was for students to get to know faculty members who were first-generation college students. The event was a huge success for students and faculty! Many faculty were surprised to find out that other faculty members had been first-generation college students. I am greatly looking forward to the next reception.
My paper, “Intersectionality and Articulation: Epistemological Overlaps,” has been accepted for presentation at the National Women’s Studies Association annual conference to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, in November 2017. I also received the First Nations / Indigenous Peoples General Conference Registration Grant from the NWSA to facilitate the cost of attending.
I have become the Social Media Editor at Fashion, Style & Popular Culture. You can expect to see more posts on both the Facebook page and a new Twitter handle for the journal (@FSPC_journal). I’m excited about this new position.