Editorial Staff and Board Members



Editor Jennifer Hamer holds a joint appointment with the Department of African and African-American Studies, and is the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Kansas. Her general area of study is the sociological and interdisciplinary qualitative study of families, especially those within the United States. Within this broad field, her primary research interests are African American fathers, mothers, and families, especially those that are working class.

She has published in varying journals such as the Journal of Marriage and the Family and Journal of Black Studies. In addition, she is the author of What it Means to Be Daddy: Fatherhood for Black Men Living Away from Their Children (Columbia University Press, 2001). Her most recent book, Abandoned in the Heartland: Work, Family, and Living in East St. Louis (University of California Press, 2011), is an analysis of how working class African American men and women negotiate work, kin care, and family in a poor suburb.

She is former editor of Race and Society, the past official journal of the Association of Black Sociologists; founder and former editor of Black Women, Gender, and Family; and founding editor of Women, Gender, and Families of Color, a multidisciplinary journal published biannually by the University of Illinois Press.

PhD, Sociology, University of Texas

MS, Sociology, Texas A&M University

BA, Sociology, The University of Texas

Managing Editor: Kathryn Vaggalis kvaggalis@ku.edu

Managing Editor Kathryn Vaggalis is a PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies at the University of Kansas, specializing in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century race, gender, sexuality, and immigration. Her current work focuses on the influences of turn-of-the-century white heteronormativity on immigration restrictions and constructions of U.S. citizenship and belonging, particularly in the cases of Asian and Southern European immigrant marriage and families. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining historical methods with critical race and queer theory.

MA, American Studies, University of Kansas

BA, English and Women’s Studies, Brigham Young University



  • Sharon Harley, University of Maryland
  • Shirley Hill, University of Kansas
  • Francille Wilson, University of Southern California
  • Xiaojian Zhao, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Manisha Desai, University of Connecticut
  • Velma McBride, Vanderbilt University
  • Sarah Chinn, Hunter College
  • Tammy Kernodle, University of Miami of Ohio
  • Brenda Stevenson, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Juan Battle, Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Robin Jarrett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Sandra Magana, University of Wisconsin
  • Idethia Shevon Harvey, University of Connecticut
  • Hayward D. Horton, Suny-Buffalo
  • Jacqueline Macleod, Metropolitan State College of Denver
  • Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University
  • Emilie Phillips Smith, Pennsylvania State University
  • Deena Gonzalez, Loyola Marymount University
  • Esther Rosenblum, San Diego State University
  • Assata Zerai, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Chana Kai Lee, University of Georgia
  • Nikol Alexander-Floyd, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • K. Tsianina Lomawaima, University of Arizona
  • Margaret Jacobs, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Lynet Uttal, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Earl Smith, Wake Forest University
  • Tanya Golash-Boza, University of California at Merced
  • Hayward D. Horton, SUNY- Albany
  • Armon Perry, University of Louisville
  • Venetria Patton, Purdue