The Black Girlhood Studies Lab examines the lives of Black girls historically and ethnographically in community-centered ways. Black girlhood studies has recently emerged as an undisciplined field where there is not an exclusive canon, but it is an interdisciplinary, multi-method, and discursively expansive mode of knowledge production and activism. In this lab, we have three primary scholarly and community-centered activities. (1) A guest lecture series to invite scholars, activists, and youth to share their expertise as a way to learn from those who are doing this work in various settings including neighborhoods, schools, juvenile legal system, and community-based organizations. (2) A reading and writing group will analyze and synthesize the work produced in this field while engaging drafts of our own written work at various levels of completion and expertise. (3) The creation of an archive to document the ways in which life for Black girls are shaped and lived in this contemporary age of dissent, upheaval, and alternative possibilities.

The Lab is based at and funded by the CRE2, with support from African and African-American Studies; American Culture Studies; the Institute for Public Health; and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Kenly Brown

Dr. Kenly Brown
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of African and African American Studies