Chinyere Oparah Curriculum Vitae

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Provost and Dean of the Faculty, January 2017 to present

  • Serve as the ranking educational officer of the College; lead campus operations when the President is absent from the College.
  • Ensure the rigor, inclusive excellence and relevance of academic programs and student academic supports.
  • Oversee recruitment, retention and development of the faculty; support faculty professional and leadership development and accomplishment in scholarly and artistic endeavors.
  • Provide intellectual leadership that is responsive to the higher education context, lead strategic enrollment and retention initiatives and partnerships in academic affairs, and advise the President on the strategic direction of the College.
  • Provide prudent fiscal oversight of the College’s academic budget; promote successful institutional grant-writing and revenue-generation initiatives.
  • Foster external relationships with public and private educational institutions, represent the College’s mission and vision to external parties and work to enhance the College’s visibility and reputation.

Associate Provost, Mills College, July 2015-December 2016

  • Oversaw student academic support programs including the Center for Academic Excellence, Advising, Office of Career Services and Student Engagement, and Office of Instructional Technology.
  • Developed and oversaw programs to enhance retention and academic success including the First Year Experience, Transfer Experience, Summer science program and other high impact practices. Develop programs to support at-risk students
  • Coordinated the College’s Summer and January Term sessions.
  • Worked with the Educational Policies Subcommittee of the Faculty Executive Committee to coordinate curricular development and transformation.
  • Responded to student academic complaints and concerns. Served as the College’s Academic Integrity Officer.
  • Developed equity and social justice initiatives in various areas of academic affairs.
  • Oversaw the College’s academic assessment and program review processes.
  • Provided new faculty orientation and mentor and supported new faculty.
  • Liaised with and supported the work of the Admissions Office and Division of Student Life and represent the Office of the Provost at events for prospective and new students.
  • Liaised with the Registrar and Financial Aid Office and represented the Provost on the Academic Standing Committee.

Department of Ethnic Studies, Mills College,
Department Chair, 2001-02 & 2003-04 & 2008-2015
Professor 2006-present
Associate Professor 2001-06
Assistant Professor 1998-2001

Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, Equity and Diversity, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, 2004-06
Coordinator, Aboriginal Advanced Practitioner Initiative
Coordinator, Social Justice Cluster
Coordinator, Collaborative Program in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies         

Other academic positions:

Fall 1999         Visiting Professor, Institute of Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, University of Toronto.

1998-2001      Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Mills College.

Spring 1998    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Women's Studies, U.C. Berkeley.

1997-98           Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Mills College.

Spring 1998    Lecturer, Department of Community Studies, U.C. Santa Cruz,.

Spring 1997    Lecturer, Department of Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley.

Prior Professional Experience

Executive Director, Sia: The National Development Agency for the Black Voluntary Sector, London, UK. 1994-96 

  • Staff management and development, Strategic planning, Project management, Budgets and finance, Fundraising, Policy development, Consultation with government bodies.

Coordinator, Osaba Women’s Centre for African Caribbean women and children,  Coventry, UK. 1991-94       

  • Staff management and development, Project management, Budgets and finance, Fundraising, Community development.

Community Development Officer, Cambridge City Council,  Cambridge, UK. 1989-91

  • Coordinated civic engagement and inclusion programs.

EDUCATION

University of Warwick, 1997, Ph.D. in Sociology. Dissertation: Black Women’s Autonomous Organizations in the UK from 1950 to the Present Day.

University of Warwick, Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, 1994, M.A. in Race and Ethnic Studies (Distinction). Dissertation: An Unequal Partnership: African Caribbean Women and Urban Regeneration in Coventry.

Cambridge University, 1993, M.A. in Modern and Medieval Languages and Literature, Cambridge University.

Luton University, 1991, Postgraduate Diploma in Community Practice, Luton University (Distinction).

Cambridge University, 1989, B.A. in Modern and Medieval Languages and Literature (Spanish and German).

COURSES TAUGHT

African Diaspora Studies

Black Feminist Theory: Women in Africa and the African Diaspora

African Diasporic Representations in Film

African American Women’s History

Feminist Studies

Women of Color in Social Movements

Contemporary Global Issues for Women

Immigrant Women

Women of Color Organizing for Social Change

Migration, Gender and Racism

Comparative Ethnic Studies

Theories of Race and Ethnicity

Race, Gender and the Criminal Justice System

Research Methods

Research Methods in Ethnic Studies

Research Methods with Communities of Color

Research Methods for Community Practice

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2019-20 Leading for Equity Fellow, National Equity Project

2017 Visionary of the Year Award, The Association for Wholistic Maternal & Newborn Health, Maternal-Child Health Champion Awards.

2013-14 Student Leadership Awards, Outstanding Advisor

2011-12 Faculty Member of the Year, Mills of Color Awards

2010-11 Faculty Advisor of the Year, Mills College

2009-10 Sarlo Award for Excellence in Teaching, Mills College

2008-09 Eugene E. Trefethen Professorship for Excellence and Innovation in Scholarship

2007-08 Mary S. Metz Professorship for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching

2002-03 American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship

2002-03 Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, Sex, Race and Globalization Project, University of Arizona, Tucson

2002 Gaea Foundation Summer Residency

GRANTS

External Grants

2018-19           Council on Independent Colleges, Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance, funded 20 faculty to enroll in ACUE Course in Effective Teaching Practices, $53,000.

2016-2021      National Science Foundation, NSF SURPASS Scholarship Program (Student Understanding and Realizing Potential for Attaining Scientific Success), $600,000.

2005-06           Standard Research Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada (SSHRC): Women of Colour, Aboriginal Women and Social Change.

2005-06           Multicultural Grant, SSHRC: African Canadian Women, Intergenerational Relations and Social Change.

2004-06           Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, Equity and Diversity, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada.

2001-02           Flora Foundation Grant

1998-99           Vanguard Public Foundation Grant: Empowerment Through Music with Incarcerated Women at Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin.

1993-97           European Economic and Social Research Council, Research Studentship Competition (Ph.D.): Black Women’s Autonomous Organizations in the UK.

Internal Academic Grants

2015                Quigley Summer Research Award, Mills College: Battling Over Birth

2014-15           Mills College Faculty Travel Grant

2013-14           2012-13           Baltodano Fund for Faculty Development in Ethnic Studies

2013-14           Mills College Faculty Research Grant: Participatory Research and Policy Action with Black Birthing Women

2012-13           Mills College Faculty Travel Grant

2012-13           Baltodano Fund for Faculty Development in Ethnic Studies

2011-12           Faculty Presidential Research Grant, Mills College: Black Women and the Racial Politics of Childbirth.

2011                Quigley Summer Research Award, Mills College: Black Women and the Racial Politics of Childbirth.

2005-06           Academic Initiative Fund, University of Toronto: Funding for Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives and Aboriginal Studies Faculty

2001-02           Mills College Course Development Grant

2001-02           Mills College Faculty Travel Grant

2000-01           Mills College Faculty Travel Grant

2000-01           Irvine Multicultural Development Grant

2000-01           Mills College Faculty Research Grant

1998-99           Mills College Faculty Research Grant

1998-99           Mills College Faculty Travel Grant

1998-99           Irvine Multicultural Development Grant

1998, 1999 and 2002  Meg Quigley Women’s Studies Research Grant

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

Sole-authored:

Sudbury, Julia. 2003. Outros Tipos de Sonhos: Organizações de mulheres negras e políticas de transformaçaões, [Portuguese translation], Sao Paolo, Brazil: Selo Negro.

Sudbury, Julia. 1998. Other Kinds of Dreams: Black Women's Organizations and the Politics of Transformation. London and New York: Routledge.

Co-authored:

Oparah, Julia Chinyere, Helen Arega, Dantia Hudson, Linda Jones and Talita Osequera, 2018, Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Crisis in Maternal Health Care, Amarillo, TX: Praeclarus Press.

Sole edited:

Sudbury, Julia, 2005 (ed). Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex. New York: Routledge.

Co-edited:

Oparah, Julia Chinyere and Alicia D. Bonaparte 2015 (eds). Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers/Routledge.

Trenka, Jane Jeong. 2012. Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, [Korean translation]. Seoul: South Korea: KoRoot Publishing.

Sudbury, Julia and Margo Okazawa-Rey, 2009 (eds). Activist Scholarship: Antiracism, Feminism and Social Change. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

Critical Resistance, 2009 (ed). Abolition Now! Ten Years of Struggle and Strategy Against the Prison Industrial Complex. Oakland: AK Press.

Trenka, Jane Jeong, Julia Chinyere Oparah and Sun Yung Shin, 2006 (eds). Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption.  Cambridge, MA: South End Press.

Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, 2006 (ed). Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology, Cambridge, MA: South End Press

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Stanley D, Sata N, Oparah JC, McLemore MR. 2015. “Evaluation of the East Bay Community Birth Support Project, a Community-Based Program to Decrease Recidivism in Previously Incarcerated Women.” Journal Of Obstetric, Gynecologic, And Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN / NAACOG. 2015 Nov-Dec; 44(6):743-50. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.

Oparah, Julia C. 2012. “Feminism and the (Trans)Gender Entrapment of Gender Nonconforming Prisoners.” UCLA Women’s Law Journal, 18 (2).

Sudbury, Julia. 2009. “Reform or Abolition?: Using Popular Mobilizations to Dismantle the Prison-Industrial Complex.” Criminal Justice Matters 77, 1.

Sudbury, Julia. 2009. "Maroon Abolitionists: Black Gender-oppressed Activists in the Antiprison Movement in the U.S. and Canada." Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 9, 1: 1-29.

Sudbury, Julia. 2008. "Rethinking Global Justice: Black Women Resist the Transnational Prison-Industrial Complex." SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, 10, 4, October: 344-360.

Sudbury, Julia. 2005. Celling Black Bodies: Black Women in the Global Prison Industrial Complex,Feminist Review, 80, 1, July: 162-179. Originally published in Feminist Review 70, 2002: 57-74.

Sudbury, Julia. 2004. "From the Point of No Return to the Women's Prison: Writing Contemporary Spaces of Confinement into Diaspora Studies", Canadian Woman Studies 23, 2, Winter: 154-163.

Sudbury, Julia. 2004. "Globalized Punishment, Localized Resistance: Prisons, Neoliberalism and Empire."SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, 6, 1: 55-65.

Sudbury, Julia. 2004. "A World Without Prisons: Resisting Militarism, Globalized Punishment and Empire",Social Justice, 31,1-2.

Sudbury, Julia. 2003. "Toward a Holistic Anti-Violence Agenda: Women of Color as Radical Bridge-Builders", Social Justice 30, 3: 134-41.

Sudbury, Julia. 2002. "'If I Die in Here, Least I'll Be Free': Black Women "Mules" and the Transnational Prison Industrial Complex." Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, Vol. VIII, Summer.

Sudbury, Julia. 2002. "Celling Black Bodies: Black Women in the Global Prison Industrial Complex,"Feminist Review, 70: 57-74.

Sudbury, Julia. 2001. "(Re)constructing Multiracial Blackness: Women's Activism, Difference and Collective Identity in Britain", Ethnic and Racial Studies, 24, 1, January.

Sudbury, Julia. 2000. "Transatlantic Visions: Resisting the Globalization of Mass Incarceration", Social Justice, 27, 3: 133-50.

Sudbury, Julia. 1998. "Hidden Struggles: Black Women's Activism and Black Masculinity." Soundings: Journal of Politics and Culture, November 1998.

Sudbury, Julia. 1998. 'En-gendering Anti-racism: Towards a Holistic Politics of Social Transformation.”Patterns of Prejudice, 32, 4.

BOOK CHAPTERS
Oparah, Julia C. forthcoming. “Doing it For Ourselves: Research Justice and Black Feminist Sociology,” in Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis, edited by Zakiya Luna and Whitney Pirtle. New York: Routledge.

Oparah, Julia C. 2016. "Beyond the Prison-Industrial Complex: Women of Color Transforming Antiviolence Work," in Are All the Women Still White? Globalizing Women's Studies, edited by Ime Kerlee and Janell Hobson. New York: Routledge.

Oparah, Julia C., Linda Jones, Shanelle Matthews, Talita Oseguera and Fatimah Salahuddin. 2015. “By Us Not For Us: Black Women Researching Pregnancy and Childbirth.” In Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change edited by Andrew Jolivette. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Oparah, Julia C. and Christ-Ann Magloire. 2015. “Unexpected Allies: Physician Activism and the Birth Justice Movement.” In Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth, edited by Julia C. Oparah and Alicia Bonaparte. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

Ocen, Priscilla and Julia C. Oparah. 2015. “Shackled: Incarcerated Pregnant Women In Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth, edited by Julia C. Oparah and Alicia Bonaparte. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers. 

Oparah, Julia C. 2014. “Challenging Complicity: The Neoliberal University and the Prison-Industrial Complex,” in The Imperial University: Academic Repression and Scholarly Dissent, edited by Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Oparah, Julia C. 2013. “Why No Prisons?,” in Why Prison?, edited by David Scott. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sudbury, Julia. 2013. "Rethinking anti-violence strategies: lessons from the Black women’s movement in Britain," in Gender and Equality Law, edited by Julie Goldscheid. Burlington and Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishers.

Oparah, Julia C. 2011. "Maroon Abolitionists: Black Gender-oppressed Activists in the Antiprison Movement in the U.S. and Canada." in Eric Stanley and Nat Smith (eds) in Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and Prison Industrial Complex, Oakland: AK Press.

Sudbury, Julia. 2011. “From Women Prisoners to People in Women’s Prisons: Challenging the Gender Binary in Antiprison Work.” In Razor Wire Women, edited by Jodie Lawston. New York: SUNY Press.

Sudbury, Julia. 2010. “Unpacking the Crisis: Women of Color, Globalization and the Prison-Industrial Complex.” In Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the U.S., edited by Rickie Solinger, Paula C. Johnson, and Martha L. Raimon. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Sudbury, Julia. 2009. “A World Without Prisons: Resisting Militarism, Globalized Punishment and Empire," In Arnold Itwaru ed., The White Supremacist State: Eurocentrism, Imperialism, Colonialism, Racism.Toronto: Other Eye Publications.

Sudbury, Julia. 2008. "Challenging Penal Dependency: Activist Scholars and the Antiprison Movement." In Activist Scholarship: Antiracism, Feminism and Social Change, edited by Julia Sudbury and Margo Okazawa-Rey. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

Sudbury, Julia. 2006. “Rethinking Antiviolence Strategies: Lessons from the Black Women’s Movement in Britain,” reprinted in Gender and Equality Law, edited by Julie Goldscheid. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing.

Sudbury, Julia. 2006. “Rethinking Antiviolence Strategies: Lessons from the Black Women’s Movement in Britain.” In Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology, edited by Incite! Women of Color Against Violence.Cambridge, MA: South End Press.

Sudbury, Julia. 2005. “‘Mules’, ‘Yardies,’ and Other Folk Devils: Mapping Cross-Border Imprisonment in Britain.” In Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex, edited by Julia Sudbury. New York: Routledge.

Sudbury, Julia. 2005. “Globalized Punishment, Localized Resistance: Prisons, Neoliberalism and Empire.” In The New Black Renaissance: The Souls Anthology Of Critical African-American Studies, edited by Manning Marable. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers. Originally published in SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, 6 (1) 55-65, 2004.

Sudbury, Julia. 2005. “Toward a Holistic Anti-Violence Agenda: Women of Color as Radical Bridge-Builders. Social Justice.” In Domestic Violence at the Margins: Readings in Race, Class, Gender and Culture, edited by Natalie J. Sokoloff with Christina Pratt. New York: Rutgers University Press. Originally published in Social Justice, Fall 2003, 30, 3: 134-41.

Sudbury, Julia. 2003. "'We Don't Just Make Tea': Redefining Political Activism." In Black Success in the UK: Essays in Racial and Ethnic Studies, edited by Doreen McCalla. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Sudbury, Julia. 2003. "Women of Color, Globalization and the Politics of Incarceration." In The Criminal Justice System and Women, edited by Barbara Rattel Price and Natalie Sokoloff. New York: McGraw Hill.

Sudbury, Julia. 2001. "Globalisation, Incarcerated Black Women/Women of Colour and the Challenge to Feminist Scholarship." In Millennial Visions: Issues for Feminism, edited by Women's Studies Network. Cardiff, UK: Cardiff University Press.

BOOK REVIEWS

Manning Marable (ed) Dispatches from the Ebony Tower: Intellectuals Confront the African American Experience, Ethnic and Racial Studies, May 2001, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p485, 38p.

Gargi Bhattacharyya Tales of Dark-Skinned Women: Race, Gender and Global Culture, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Mar 2000, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p353, 2p.

James L. Conyers and Alva P. Barnett, African American Sociology: A Social Study of the Pan-African Diaspora. Ethnic and Racial Studies 22: (6) November 1999.

Yanick St. Jean and Joe R. Feagin, Double Burden: Black Women and Everyday Racism. Social Science Quarterly 82: (3) September 1999.

Nancy A. Naples (ed.), Community Activism and Feminist Politics: Organizing Across Race, Class and Gender,Work, Employment and Society 13: (2) June 1999.

Heidi Safia Mirza, Black British Feminism: A Reader, Ethnic and Racial Studies  Volume 22 January 1999.

Benjamin P. Bowser and Raymond G. Hunt (eds), Impacts of Racism on White Americans, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 24: (1) January 1998.

Judy Scales Trent, Notes from a White Black Woman, Africa World Review April-May 1997,

Barbara Omolade, The Rising Song of African American Women,Africa World Review April-May 1997.

ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES

Sudbury, Julia. 2004. "Critical Resistance." In Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities, edited by Mary Bosworth. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Sudbury, Julia. 2000. "Black British Feminism." In The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies, edited by Cheris Kramarae and Dale Spender. London and New York: Routledge.

SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS

Decolonizing Research for Black Maternal Health, Black Maternal Health Week, Mills College, April 12, 2019.

Battling Over Birth: The Power of Research Justice and Grassroots Action, Black Maternal Health Week, Black Mamas Matter (webinar), April 2019.

Transforming Maternal Health Care through Research Justice and Grassroots Action, Racism, Obstetric Violence and Black Women's Bodies, Birth Rights Bar Association (webinar), April 12, 2019.

Research Justice and the Maternal Health Crisis, Communities Unbound, Center for
Transformative Action, Lokey School of Business and Public Policy, Mills College, March 22, 2019.

Catalyzing and Managing Transformative Change in Independent Colleges, Raising Our Voices: Reclaiming the Narrative on Higher Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Conference, Panel, January 24, 2019.

Battling Over Birth: The Power of Research Justice and Grassroots Action, Black Maternal Health Conference, Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Atlanta, GA, December 8, 2018.

Battling Over Birth: Transforming Maternal Health Care through Research Justice and Grassroots Action, March of Dimes, California Endowment, November 6, 2018.

Battling Over Birth: Research Justice as Framework for Transforming Maternal Health Care, National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, Webinar, April 11, 2018.

Tatia’s Story: From Life to Death in Ten Hours, Panel Discussion, Mills College, February 13, 2018.

Reinventing the Small College Experience for New Demographic Learners, Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Conference, Panel, Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream? Washington D.C., January 24-27, 2018.

Battling Over Birth, Book launch, Mills College, October 26, 2017.

Strength-Based Education for First Gen Student Success & Leadership, Discussion Session, Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Conference, Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence, Washington D.C., January 25-28, 2017.

Plenary Session: Decolonizing Institutions, National Association of Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Decoloniality, Montreál, Canada, November 10-13, 2016.

Decolonial Alliances: Black and Indigenous Birth Justice Knowledge-Making and Praxis, Panel, National Association of Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Decoloniality, Montreál, Canada, November 10-13, 2016.

Birth Matters: Black Women and Research Justice as Transformative Praxis, Center for Research on Social Change, University of California, Berkeley, October 26, 2016.

Birth Matters: Research Justice and Black Life, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, May 25, 2016.

By Us Not For Us: Black Women Researching Pregnancy and Childbirth, Panel: Activist Scholarship and the Birth Justice Movement: Medicalization, Criminalization and Resistance, National Association of Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Feminist Transgressions, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 13-16, 2014.

Confronting the Gaze: Activist Scholarship at a time of Empire, Perspectives, Power and America’s Gaze, University of the Pacific, October 9, 2013.

“Birth Justice and Activist Scholarship”, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, Berkeley Law Center, March 6, 2013.

Moderator, “Insurgent Strategies? Restorative Justice, Transformative Justice, and Community Accountability,” Race, Domestic and Sexual Violence: From the Prison Nation to Community Resistance, Boalt Law School, University of California, Berkeley, March 1, 2013.

“Engaged Scholarship and Activism in the African American Community,” Department of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, September 14, 2012.

“What is Gendered Violence Against African American Girls and Young Women?” Boalt Law School, University of California, Berkeley, March 9, 2012.

"Teaching in the Prison-Industrial Complex," Abolition Pedagogy: Critical Prison Studies and the Neoliberal University, University of California, Berkeley, October 14, 2011.

“Activist Scholarship and the Anti-prison Movement,” Catalyzing Knowledge in Dangerous Times, Center for Race and Gender, U.C. Berkeley, April 14, 2011.

"Activist Scholarship: Antiracism, Feminism, and Social Change," Women’s and Gender Studies 30th anniversary, Santa Clara University, Thursday, April 7, 2011.

“Against Reconstruction; Or What I Learned from Oya about Disasters and Rebirth,” Anne L. Harper Lecture, The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference, Georgia State University, March 24-26, 2011.

“Localized Punishment: Racial-Gender Policing and Resistance,” keynote address, 27th Annual Gender Symposium, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR, March 14, 2008.

“Building a Movement to Abolish Prisons: Lessons from the U.S.,” plenary address, International Conference on Penal Abolition, London, UK, July 24, 2008.

“Transracial Adoption: Modern-Day Slavery or Postracial Utopia?”, Mixed Heritage Week, University of California at Davis, May 10, 2007.

‘Reconsidering a Reliance on the Criminal Justice System for Addressing Rape and Domestic Violence’, “The Dangerous Intersections of Race, Gender and Violence”, Stanford University, April 26, 2007

‘No End in Sight? Organizing the Present for the Future in Penal California’, “Penal California: Tracing Its Origins, Sketching Its Future”, San Jose State University, April 6, 2007.

Plenary Speaker, “Interrupted Life - Mothers in Prison,” Scripps College, September 23, 2006

Plenary Speaker, National Women’s Association Conference, “Empire, Global, Political Conflicts, and Resistance,” Oakland, CA, June 15-18, 2006

Opening Plenary, Engendering Justice: Prisons, Activism and Change, The Scholar and Feminist Conference, Barnard Center for Research on Women, New York, April 8, 2006.

Women’s Criminalization and Poverty, Global Women’s Strategies for the 21st Century, Sarah Lawrence College, September 10-13, 2005.

The Challenge of Transnational Pedagogies, Opening Plenary, Canadian Women’s Studies Association, Western University, London, Ontario, May 29, 2005.

“Globalization, Criminalization and Resistance: Women and the International Prison-Industrial Complex”, Plenary speaker, Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Arizona, April 21-24, 2005.

“Global Lockdown”, plenary speaker and workshop presenter, The Color of Violence III, Tremé Community Centre, New Orleans, March 11-13, 2005.

Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex, Guest Lecture, University of Victoria, April 1, 2005.

“Prison activism in California: Bringing Decarcerative Forces into the Frame”, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto, January 21, 2005.

“From Abu Ghraib to the U.S. Women’s Prison”, Gender and Transnationality Seminar, Institute for Women’s Studies, American University at Cairo, December 12, 2004.

“The Aboriginal Advanced Practitioner Initiative: A Model for Access to Graduate Education”, Aboriginal Worldviews Symposium, University of Toronto, November 26, 2004.

“The War at Home: Empire, Criminalization and the Neoliberal State”, Racism and the Warring State, The Annual New College Conference on Racism and National Consciousness, University of Toronto, November 7, 2004.

“Globalization, Criminalization and Resistance: The Challenge of Transnational Feminist Prison Studies”, Theorizing Transnationality, Gender and Citizenship Workshop, Inst of Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, University of Toronto, November 5, 2004.

“From Abu Ghraib to the Women's Prison: Building a Transnational Black Feminist Agenda”, Gender, Race and Transnational Praxis Speaker Series, Women’s Studies, Syracuse University, October 20, 2004.

“Strategies for Success in Higher Education”, Black Student Union Orientation, University of Toronto, September 16, 2004.

"Unlocking the Transnational Prison-Industrial Complex: Black Feminist Reflections on Freedom", Race, Racism and Empire Conference, York University, April 30, 2004.

"Black Women Challenge Criminal Injustice," University of San Francisco, March 9, 2004.

"The Prison Movement, Reproductive Rights and C.R.A.C.K.: Opportunities for Coalition-Building" Union Theological Seminary, New York, March 5, 2004.

"Outros Tipos de Sonhos", Book Launch, Centro Cultural Jose Bonifacio, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, November 24, 2003.

"Black Women's Activism in Britain and the U.S.", Criola, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 24, 2003.

"Affirmative Action: Lessons from the U.S.", Afro-Ascendente Program, CIEDS, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 23, 2003.

"Women's Activism in The African Atlantic", Festival of Black Arts, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, November 21, 2003.

"Outros Tipos de Sonhos", Book Launch, Geledés: Instituto da Mulher Negra, Sâo Paulo, November 20, 2003.

"Black Feminist Reflections on Prison Abolition," Department of African American Studies, Stanford University, November 7, 2003.

“From Drugs to Terror: Resisting the War Mentality”, Mapping Insurgencies, University of Arizona, April 25-26, 2003.

“Survival in Black: Gendered Identities Behind Bars”, Collegium of African American Research, Winchester, England, April 13-15, 2003.

“Globalized Punishment, Localized Resistance: Prisons, Neoliberalism and Empire”, Africana Studies in Criminal Injustice, Columbia University, April 11-12, 2003.

"Building a Movement to End Interpersonal and State Violence Against Women of Color and Our Communities", Critical Resistance South, New Orleans, April 4, 2003.

“From War on Drugs to War on Terror: Linking Militarism and the Prison Industrial Complex”, Africana Studies, University of Arizona, March 26, 2003.

“State Violence Against Women of Color and Globalization”, World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 23-28, 2003.

“Industrialized Punishment and the Criminalization of Migrant Labor”, Resistance on the Border: Globalization, Militarization, Immigration, University of Arizona, Tucson, December 7, 2002.

“State Violence, Imprisonment and the LGBT Movement”, Creating Change, National Lesbian and Gay Taskforce, Portland, November 11, 2002.

“Trans/formations: Women’s Imprisonment and Gender Dualism”, Sex, Race and Globalization Series, University of Arizona, Tucson, November 7, 2002.

“Women, Globalization and the Prison Boom”, Gender and Sexualities Series, Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona, October 22, 2002.

“Transnational Alliances and Penal Abolition”, ICOPA X, University of Lagos, Nigeria, August 23 ,2002.

“‘It Doesn’t Look Like a Jail’: Reflections on Feminism and Abolition”, National Network for Women in Prison, Columbia University, June 20-23, 2002.

“Influencing Decision-making at Mills”, Women of Color Resource Center Retreat, Center for Third World Organizing, March 2, 2002.

“How Globalization Criminalizes Women of Color in the Global North and South”, The Color of Violence II, University of Illinois, Chicago, March 15-17, 2002.

“The Black Women’s Movement in Britain”, International Women’s Day Event, Mills College Women’s Leadership Institute, March 5, 2002.

“State and Corporate Terror”, Practicing Transgressions: Radical Women of Color for the 21st. Century, University of California, Berkeley, February 7 - 10, 2002.

“Breaking Down the Walls: Organizing Against the Prison Industrial Complex”, New College, San Francisco, December 8, 2001.

“Race and Incarceration Post 9.11”, Sex, Race and Prisons Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson, December 01, 2001

“Policing Black Europe: Black Women and the Politics of Incarceration”, Remapping Black Europe, University of California, Santa Cruz, October 19-20, 2001.

Women’s Resistance: From Victimization to Criminalization, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centers, Ottawa, October 1-3, 2001.

“Celling Black Women: Race, Gender and the Global Prison Industrial Complex”, University of Oregon, Eugene, April 19, 2001.

“Women and the Criminal Injustice System” Panelist, Critical Resistance Film Festival, University of California, Santa Cruz, January 25-27, 2001.

“Race, Gender and the Prison Industrial Complex”, Critical Resistance East, Columbia University, March 9-11, 2001.

“Racism and the Prison Industrial Complex”, Committing to Conscience, American Friends Service Committee, San Francisco, November 16-19, 2000.

“Caribbean and Latin American Women “Mules” in British and Canadian Prisons”, American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, November 11-15, 2000.

Panel Chair “International Justice Issues and Native Peoples”, American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, November 11-15, 2000.

“Building an Anti-racist, Left Queer Agenda”, Bent on Change: Re-Thinking Queer Issues on Campus and in Communities, University of Toronto, York University and Ryerson Polytechnic University November 3-4, 2000.

 “The Globalization of Penality: Transnational Womanist Reflections”, The New Imperialism, University College London, England, October 20, 2000.

"Black, Queer and Left (Out)", Last Lecture Series, Mills College, October 5, 2000.

"Unpacking Scholarship Biases in a Global Research Agenda", Reunion Symposium, Mills College September 22, 2000.

“Inside the Global Prison: Incarcerated Women of Color”, Millennial Visions: Women in the 21st Century, Women’s Studies Network Association, Bristol, England, July 12, 2000.

“Women of Color and the Global Prison Industrial Complex”, A Call to Transformative Justice, International Conference on Penal Abolition, Toronto, Canada, May 10-13, 2000.

“Toward a Womanist Methodology”, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon, Eugene, May 2, 2000.

Panel Chair, “Women of Color and the Prison Industrial Complex”, Color of Violence Conference, University of California, Santa Cruz, April 28, 2000.

“Race, Gender and Resistance inside the Global Prison”, Diversity and Justice, Western Society of Criminology, Hawaii, February 24-26, 2000.

Panel Chair, “Diversity and Ethnicity”, Western Society of Criminology, Hawaii, February 24-26, 2000.

“(Re)constructing Blackness: Women’s Activism, Difference and Collective Identity”, Erindale Campus, University of Toronto, October 22, 1999.

“The Battle for Blackness: Women of Color Reconstruct Race in Britain”, Institute of Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, 2nd Annual Research Symposia, University of Toronto, October 27th, 1999.

“Anti-racist Feminist Activism: From the Streets of London to the Streets of Toronto”, New College, University of Toronto, November 13th, 1999.

"Race, Gender and the Criminal Justice System: Lessons from the U.S.", Criminology in the 90s Conference, London, England, June 11, 1999.

"Radical Border Crossing: Towards a Diasporic, Anti-imperialist Ethnic Studies Agenda", panel presentation at Ethnic Studies and Radical Politics: Beyond the Schooling Industrial Complex Conference, University of California at Berkeley, April 9, 1999.

“Hidden Struggles: Coalition-building between African, Caribbean and Asian Women”, University of Toronto Women's Studies Program and Toronto Women's Bookstore, Canada, February 16, 1999.

“Women of Color and the Prison Industrial Complex”, Department of History of Consciousness, University of California at Santa Cruz, January 14, 1999.

“Explorations in Diaspora Space”, Faculty Seminar, February 1, 1999.

“Building Racial Justice into Adoption Policy and Practice”, American Adoption Congress, San Francisco, November 13, 1998

“Black Women: Politics, Leadership and Organisational Development”, Key Note Speaker, House of Commons, London, England, October 22, 1998.

“The Battle for Blackness: the Creation and Maintenance of an Oppositional Collective Identity by Black Women's Organizations in Britain”, on panel Gender Identities and Social Movements, American Sociological Association, San Francisco, August 21, 1998.

Discussant, “Author Meets Critics: Call to Home by Carol Stack”, American Sociological Association, San Francisco, August 22, 1998

Panel Chair, “The Big 3: Race, Class and Gender”, Association of Black Sociologists, San Francisco, August 20, 1998.

“Reconstructing Blackness: Oppositional Identities in Diaspora Space”, African Diaspora Studies on the Eve of the 21st Century, U.C. Berkeley, May 1, 1998.

“Rethinking Family, Rethinking ‘Race: Researching Transracial Adoption”, Academic Forum, English Department, Mills College, Oct 30, 1997.

“The Contested Classroom: Diversity and Empowerment in Pedagogical Praxis”, Multiculturalism in a Liberal Arts College series, Mills College, September 29, 1997.

“African American Womanism and the African novel”, guest lecture in African Women Writers class, Foreign Languages, Mills College, November 19, 1997

“The African Diaspora in Germany”, guest lecture in 20th Century Germany  class, Foreign Languages, Mills College, November 4, 1997

“Women in Africa and the African Diaspora”, guest lecture, Mills Open Day, October 18, 1997

“Race and identity in adoption”, In True Colors Conference, Oakland, June 28, 1997.

“Nationalism, Feminism and Islam”, World Civilizations, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley, May 7, 1997.

“Naming and the myth of adoption”, San Francisco Child Project, San Francisco, April 27, 1997.

“Transracial adoption”, Mixed Race People in America, Department of Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley, Apr 10, 1997.

“Rethinking Family, Rethinking 'Race': Researching Transracial Adoption”, Graduate Seminar, Multi-Racial Alternatives Project, U.C. Berkeley, October 8, 1996.

OTHER PRESENTATIONS

Allyship at a Time of Crisis, PACT: An Adoption Alliance, July 2018.

“Sibling Relations in Transracial Adoptive Families”,  PACT: an Adoption Alliance Seminar, Oakland, May 1996.

“Building an Infrastructure for the Community Sector”, Baroness Blatch, Home Office Minister, London, November 27, 1995.

“Organising and Recognising the Needs of Black Women”, A Step Forward Conference,Aberdeen Women's Centre, Aberdeen, November 15, 1995.

“Building a Strong Black voluntary sector infrastructure”, Bath Black Networking Organisation Annual Conference, Bath, October 12, 1995.

“Black Voluntary Organisations - Towards Self Determination”, Race, Resources,
Recognition Seminar, Birmingham, September 14, 1995.

“Grant-giving Trusts and Funding the Black Voluntary Sector”, Association of Charitable Foundations, London, January 31, 1995.

Supervision of Research Assistants (past 5 years)

Summer 2018 Qudsiyyah Salahuddin, BA student, University of Chicago, Research Intern

2014-15           Andrea Juarez and Nikita Mitchell, BA students, Mills College, Research Assistant for Battling Over Birth.

2013-14           Taryn Marshall, Fatimah Salahuddin and Chantel Gammage, BA students, Mills College, Research Assistant for Black Women and the Racial Politics of Childbirth, and Research Justice with Black Birthing Women.

Winter 2013, 2014      Camylle Fleming, BA student, Wellesley College,  Research Assistants for Participatory Action Research Project with Black Women Birthing Justice.

Summer 2013 Marisa Hall, BA student, Smith College, Research Assistant for Black Women and the Racial Politics of Childbirth.

2012-13           Aisha Gonzalez, Asha Richardson and Ndeya Walker, BA students, Mills College, Research Assistants for Participatory Action Research Project with Black Women Birthing Justice.

2011-12           Lauren Bartlett, BA student, Mills College, Research Assistants for Black Women and the Racial Politics of Childbirth.

Supervision of Teaching Assistants

Mills College

  • Theories of Race and Ethnicity
  • Research Methods in Ethnic Studies

University of California, Santa Cruz

  • Women of Color Organizing for Social Change

University of California, Berkeley

  • Immigrant Women
  • Contemporary Global Issues for Women

Student Organization Advising

2008-14           Faculty Advisor, The Womanist Journal

1998-2018      Faculty Advisor, Black Women’s Collective

2006-07           Faculty Advisor, Cries Unheard: Organizing Against Femicide

2000-02           Faculty Advisor, Women of Color Resource Center

2000-02           Faculty Advisor, Organizing Mills

2000-02           Faculty Advisor, African Diaspora Dance Exchange

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Professional Memberships

Critical Ethnic Studies Association

National Women’s Studies Association

Positions in National Associations

2013-14           Co-Chair, National Association for Ethnic Studies Annual Conference

Editorial & Advisory Boards

2007-present   Editorial Board, Feminist Africa.

2005-07           Advisory Board, New Dawn: The Journal of Black Canadian Studies.

2003-present   Advisory Board, Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies.

2002- present  Editorial Board, Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order.

COLLEGE SERVICE

Program Committees

African and African Diaspora Studies Program, 2013-2016

Queer Studies Program, 2012-2015

Film Studies Minor, 2008-2013

Women’s Studies Program Committee, 1998-2001.

New Program Development

Research Justice at the Intersections, 2015

Health Equity Studies Initiative, 2014-2016

African and African Diaspora Studies Program, 2012-13

Queer Studies Program, 2010-12

College Committee Membership

Educational Policies Committee, Board of Trustees

Educational Personnel Subcommittee, Board of Trustees

Investment Committee, Board of Trustees

Labor Management Committee

Budget Advisory Committee

Curricular Transformation Taskforce, 2014

Coordinator, Black History Month Planning Committee, 1998-2014

Diversity and Social Justice Committee, 2007-2013 (Co-Chair 2008-11)
Chair, Gender Expression and Identity Subcommittee, 2012-14

Presidential Leadership Transition Team, 2010-12

Search Committee, Barbara Lee Chair in Women’s Leadership, 2006-7

Strategic Planning Committee and Academic Development
Subcommittee, 2006-07

Sociology Search Committee, 2006-7
Irvine Multicultural Committee, Spring 2002-05

Letters Division Representative, Faculty Executive, 2001-02.

Letters Division Representative, Educational Policy Subcommittee of the Faculty Executive, 2000-01.

Other College Service

Consultation and implementation of Report on Transgender and Gender-Fluid Students

Consultation on and implementation of Diversity and Social Justice Statement, 2008-09

Women’s Leadership Institute/ Women’s Studies Search Committee, Spring 2002-03

Faculty Marshall, 2001-02

Departmental Service

Chair, Ethnic Studies Department 2001-2 2003-4, 2008-14.

Ethnic Studies Curricular Revision, 2012-14.

Chair, Ethnic Studies Faculty Search, Fall 2014.

Ethnic Studies Departmental Review, 2008-09, 2013-4.

Chair Ethnic Studies Faculty Search, Spring 2002.

Chair, Ethnic Studies Faculty Search, Spring 2000.

CONFERENCES AND EVENTS ORGANIZED (selected)

Research Justice: Decolonizing Ethnic Studies, National Association for Ethnic Studies 42nd Annual Conference, Mills College, April 3-5, 2014.

Abolition Now! Critical Resistance, 10th Anniversary Conference, Laney College, Oakland, September 26-28, 2008.

Sex, Race and Globalization: Mapping Insurgencies, University of Arizona, April 2003.

Incite!: Women of Color Against Violence Delegation to the World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 23-28, 2003.

Black Women: Historians of the Margins Speaker Series, Mills College, February 2002.

Critical Resistance 3rd Annual Film Festival, Berkeley and San Francisco, November 16, 2001

Organizing Against War and Racism Seminar, Mills College, September 21, 2001

Mills College Women of Color Resource Center Delegation to UN World Conference Against Racism, Durban, South Africa, Aug/ Sep 2001.

“Black Women in Film” Series, Mills College, Spring 2001.

Critical Resistance Film Festival, University of California at Santa Cruz, January 25-27, 2001.

“The Other Death Penalty: Medical Neglect and AIDS in Women’s Prisons”; “Racism and the Prison Industrial Complex”, Committing to Conscience, American Friends Service Committee, San Francisco, November 16-19, 2000.

“Dialogues in Diaspora”, Sponsored by Irvine Multicultural Enhancement Program, Mills College, Spring 1999.

“Empowerment Through Music”, a series of performances at FCI Dublin prison and San Francisco County Jail by Mills students and musicians, Spring 1999.

“Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex”, University of California, Berkeley September 25-27, 1998. Film Festival and “Visions Beyond Lockdown: Cultural Performances” University of California, Berkeley, September 20-27, 1998.

'The Future of the Black Voluntary Sector', London, November 29, 1995.

'National Network of Black Women's Organisations', Leeds, London and Nottingham, 1995.

'Winners or Losers?: National Lottery Funding and the Black Voluntary Sector',  Nottingham, January 20, 1995.

'Fundraising and Charity: Dealing with Black Reality', London, June 28, 1994.

COMMUNITY SERVICE (Selected)

Board, Adopted and Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora

Adult Adoptee Advisory Board, PACT: An Adoption Alliance

Faculty member, PACT Summer Camp

Collective member and Secretary, Black Women Birthing Justice

National Organizing Committee member, Critical Resistance

Prison Activist Resource Center, Board Member

National Organizing member, Incite! Women of Color Against Violence.

Founder member, Bay Area Transracial Adoptee Association, Oakland

Toronto Prisoner Justice Action Committee

Arizona Prison Moratorium Project

Women of Color Resource Center working group on Gender and Militarism

U.C. Berkeley Summer International Program in Zimbabwe.

Multi-racial Alternatives Project, Department of Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley

Association of Transracially Adopted People, London, UK

Board member, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, UK

Trustee, Black Health Foundation, a foundation dedicated improving public health for minorities

Founder member, National Black Alliance, UK

Executive member, Urban Forum, a national policy development unit on urban issues, UK

Chairperson, CAHAN, a support and advocacy project for victims of race hate crimes, UK

Director, Local Initiatives Foundation for Training, Coventry, UK              

Board member, Voluntary Organisations Liaison Council for Under 5s, UK.