Meet The Scholars Building a Network around Black Girlhood

Read the full article from the Chronicle of Higher Education here.

“The experience of the network on black girlhood, though a small and specialized group, demonstrates how interest in a niche topic and a desire to connect can develop into real-world scholarship.In March the group hosted its first conference, focused on black girls’ history. Ms. Simmons, whose book on black girls in segregated New Orleans, Crescent City Girls, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2015, said the group would have been useful when she was researching the book, particularly because it distributes information about current work in the field. “I kind of worked on that book in isolation,” she said.The book, which won an award from the Southern Association for Women Historians, “would have been a lot better,” she said, if she had been able to discuss black girls’ history with other researchers beforehand.”