This project explored how 7th-12th grade Black girls in Cincinnati schools made sense of inequitable school discipline through focus groups and interviews. The misreading of their embodied politics, the ableist & cis-heterosexist antagonism, racist school resource officers, and the silencing of Black talk were all issues that framed their experiences. I completed this project with the support of a research assistant, Olivia Akinboyede, and the organization Ladies of Leadership.

Black Girls' Experiences of School Discipline

(Forthcoming) "Bodies and Belonging: Black Girl Being in the Classroom" In Interpreting the Body: Between Meaning and Materiality.

(2020) "Dear Strong Black Girl" In Strong Black Girls: Reclaiming Schools in Their Own Image.

Publications

Awards & Honors

3 Minute Thesis Competition 1st Place

Best Research Award UC's Department of Sociology

Marquita McLean Award UC's Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Helpful Resources

Read My Community Report Here

(2020) "Black Girls' Knowledges and Resistance to School Discipline" In ASA's Body & Embodiment Blog