"Notes from a 'Critic,' or Black Feminism Remixed"
Jennifer Nash is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Director of Women's Studies at George Washington University. Her work focuses on black feminism, black sexual politics, race and visual culture, and race and law. She holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies as well as a J.D. from Harvard, and she has held fellowships at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and at Columbia University's Society of Fellows. Her research has also been supported by GW's University Facilitating Fund and Columbian College Facilitating Fund, and by the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in Women's Studies and the Woodrow Wilson Junior Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship. Her new book, The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography, and Black Feminism Remixed (Duke University Press, 2014), explores the complex relationship between black feminism and Women's studies with special attention to Women's studies paradoxical treatment of the role of pleasure in black feminism.
Elizabeth R. Cole
"Building Brave Spaces: Coalitions Across Difference in Social Justice Work"
Elizabeth R. Cole is Associate Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and Professor of Psychology, Women's Studies and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research, which is at the intersection of psychology and women's studies, works to understand the social construction of intersecting categories such as gender, race, and social class. She is a leading theorist of intersectionality whose work has influenced research on inequalities across the disciplines. She is the author of the book Speaking of Abortion: Television and Authority in the Lives of Women (with Andrea L. Press) (University of Chicago Press, 1999) and numerous articles, including a 2009 piece on intersectionality in American Psychologist that has been cited over 550 times.
Sumi Cho is Associate Dean and Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law. She employs a critical race feminist approach to her work on affirmative action, sexual harassment, legal history, and civil rights. Professor Cho was the principal investigator for a Civil Liberties Public Education Fund grant on the first coordinated legal research on Japanese American interment, redress, and reparations. The AALS Minority Groups section honored her with the first Junior Faculty Award. Professor Cho has served as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan and University of Iowa law schools. She currently serves on the board of directors for LatCrit, and she was co-editor (with Kimberlé Crenshaw and Leslie McCall) of a 2013 special issue of Signs: The Journal of Women in Culture and Society on intersectionality. Professor Cho holds a JD and a PhD in ethnic studies from the University of California at Berkeley.