Editor Ayesha K. Hardison holds a joint appointment in the Departments of English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. Her area of study is twentieth- and twenty-first-century African American literature and culture. Her primary research interests are in literary history and Black women’s writing; she also has secondary interests in cultural history, film, visual media, and popular culture studies.
She is author of Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature (University of Virginia Press, 2014). She has published articles in African American Review and Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism as well as book chapters in edited collections analyzing representations of Black women in novels, film, and comics. Additionally, she co-guest edited issues of Women, Gender, and Families of Color and The Langston Hughes Review evolving out of “Black Love: A Symposium,” a national conference she co-organized to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God at the University of Kansas.
In 2019, she became the editor of Women, Gender, and Families of Color.
PhD, English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Editorial board chair Cécile Accilien is interim chair and associate professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies and affiliate faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; she is also the associate director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) as well as the director of the Institute of Haitian Studies (HIS) at the University of Kansas. Her areas of study are Francophone African and Caribbean literatures and cultures with primary research interests in Caribbean popular cultures, film and media studies, and women, gender & sexuality studies.
She is the author of Rethinking Marriage in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures (Lexington Books, 2008) and co-wrote English-Haitian Creole Phrasebook (McGraw Hill, 2010) and Francophone Cultures Through Film (Focus Publishing, 2013). She has also co-edited and contributed to two collections of essays, Revolutionary Freedoms: A History of Survival, Strength and Imagination in Haiti (Caribbean Studies Press, 2006) and Just Below South: Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South (University of Virginia Press, 2007). She has published articles in the Journal of Haitian Studies; Women, Gender and Families of Color; Revue française; Southern Quarterly; and Diaspora in Caribbean Art. She is currently working on a co-edited volume Teaching Haiti from Transdisciplinary Studies and a monograph tentatively titled Haitian Hollywood: Representing Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora in Popular Cinema.
In 2019, she became the chair of the editorial board of Women, Gender and Families of Color.
PhD, Francophone Literatures & Cultures, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Advisory Editor Jennifer Hamer is vice provost for faculty affairs-faculty development at the Pennsylvania State University. She was formerly 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 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 studies and queer theory. Read more about her research here.
MA, American Studies, University of Kansas
PhD Candidate, American Studies, University of Kansas
WGFC BOARD MEMBERS
- Adrienne Dixson, University of Illinois, 2014-current
- Armon Perry, University of Louisville, 2012-current
- Assata Zerai, University of New Mexico, 2012-current
- Brenda Stevenson, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012-current
- Carmen Lugo-Lugo, Washington State University, 2014-current
- Dongbin Kim, Michigan State University, 2014-current
- Francille Wilson, University of Southern California, 2012-current
- Fred Bonner, Prairie View A&M University, 2014-current
- Giselle Anatol, University of Kansas, 2014-current
- Hayward D. Horton, University at Albany, SUNY, 2012-current
- Idethia Shevon Harvey, University of Connecticut, 2012-current
- Juan Battle, Graduate Center, CUNY, 2012-current
- Luz-Maria Gordillo, Washington State University Vancouver, 2014-current
- Lynet Uttal, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012-current
- Manisha Desai, University of Connecticut, 2012-current
- Psyche Williams-Forson, University of Maryland, 2014-current
- Sharon Harley, University of Maryland, 2012-current
- Sarah Deer, University of Kansas, 2020-current
- Stephanie Fitzgerald, Arizona State University, 2014-current
- Venetria Patton, Purdue University, 2014-current
- Xiaojian Zhao, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012-current
PAST BOARD MEMBERS
- Chana Kai Lee, University of Georgia, 2012-19
- Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University, 2012-19
- Deena Gonzalez, Loyola Marymount University, 2012-19
- Earl Smith, Wake Forest University, 2012-14
- Emilie Phillips Smith, Pennsylvania State University, 2012-19
- Esther Rothblum, San Diego State University, 2012-19
- Jacqueline Macleod, Metropolitan State College of Denver, 2012-19
- Nikol Alexander-Floyd, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, 2012-19
- Nicola Alexander, University of Minnesota, 2014-19
- Patti Sakurai, Oregon State University, 2014-19
- Robin Jarrett, University of Illinois, 2012-19
- Sandra Magaña, University of Wisconsin, 2012-19
- Sarah Chinn, Hunter College, 2012-19
- Shirley Hill, University of Kansas, 2012-19
- Sylvia Martinez, Indiana University Bloomington, 2014-19
- Tammy Kernodle, University of Miami of Ohio, 2012-19
- Tanya Golash-Boza, University of California-Merced, 2012-19
- Tsianina K. Lomawaima, 2012-19
- Velma McBride, Vanderbilt University, 2012-19
- Yolanda Padilla, University of Texas, 2014-19
- Yuri Jang, University of Texas-Austin, 2014-19