Academic Books by and About Black Women – 2021 Edition

Every year since 2017, hosts annual lists of academic books a) written by or about Black and African women or b) written with a Black or African feminist lens. These lists contain titles that transcend different fields of study for Black and African feminist scholarship and women’s studies across the diaspora. This list of books published in 2021 focuses on academic perspectives on Black feminism, African feminism, and Black women throughout the diaspora. Check it out below!

  1. Afropolitan Projects: Redefining Blackness, Sexualities, and Culture from Houston to Accra – Anima Adjepong
  2. Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America – Keisha N. Blain
  3. Running From Bondage: Enslaved Women and Their Remarkable Fight for Freedom in Revolutionary America – Karen Cook Bell
  4. Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South – Regina N. Bradley
  5. An OutKast Reader: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Postmodern South – Regina N. Bradley
  6. Black Women, Citizenship, and the Making of Modern Cuba – Takkara K. Brunson
  7. The Case for Rage: Why Anger Is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle – Myisha Cherry
  8. Demystifying the Engineering PhD – Monica Cox
  9. Afro-Realisms and the Romances of Race Rethinking Blackness in the African American Novel – Melissa Daniels-Rauterkus
  10. Féminismes africains – Rama Salla Dieng
  11. The Spirit of Our Work: Black Women Teachers (Re)member – Cynthia B. Dillard
  12. Rituals, Runaways, and the Haitian Revolution: Collective Action in the African Diaspora – Crystal Nicole Eddins
  13. Black and Sexy: A Framework of Racialized Sexuality – Tracie Q. Gilbert
  14. Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature – Farah Jasmine Griffin
  15. Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts – Rebecca Hall
  16. Martin Luther King and The Trumpet of Conscience Today – Regine Michelle Jean-Charles
  17. Living While Black – Guilaine Kinouani
  18. Race, Rhetoric, and Research Methods – Alexandria L. Lockett, Iris D. Ruiz, James Chase Sanchez, and Christopher Carter
  19. Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis – Zakiya Luna and Whitney Pirtle
  20. Reckoning with Slavery: Gender, Kinship, and Capitalism in the Early Black Atlantic – Jennifer L. Morgan
  21. Virgin Capital: Race, Gender & Financialization in the US Virgin Islands – Tami Navarro
  22. At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, & Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C. – Tamika Y. Nunley
  23. Experiments in Imagining Otherwise – Lola Olufemi
  24. Sampling and Remixing Blackness in Hip Hop Performance – Nicole Hodges Persley
  25. Breaking It Down: Auditioning for Artists of the Global Majority – Nicole Hodges Persley and Monica Ndounou
  26. Why Solange Matters – Stephanie Phillips
  27. Being La Dominicana: Race and Identity in the Visual Culture of Santo Domingo – Rachel Afi Quinn
  28. Digital Black Feminism – Catherine Knight Steele
  29. Kincraft: The Making of Black Evangelical Sociality – Todnee Thomas
  30. The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation – Anna Malaika Tubbs
  31. Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: African American Children in the Antebellum North – Crystal Lynn Webster
  32. Eating While Black: Food Shaming and Race in America – Psyche A. Williams-Forson
  33. Reckoning: Black Lives Matter and the Democratic Necessity of Social Movements – Deva R. Woodly
  34. Cracking Up: Black Feminist Comedy in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century United States – Katelyn Hale Wood
  35. The Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies – Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso and Toyin Falola
  36. Choctaw Confederates: The American Civil War in Indian Country – Fay A. Yarbrough

Still need more suggestions? Check out the lists for previous years

If you have any recommendations or suggestions for the list, please add them as a comment to this post or send me a message via the contact form.

Special thanks goes to Alexandra Gelbard for additional recommendations.

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