Academic Books by and about Black women
Academic Books by and about Black women

Academic Books by and About Black Women – 2018 Edition

My list of 30 Books by Black Women Academics in 2017 consisted of academic books published by Black women in the fields of history, sociology, literature, and many others. The list got shared widely. Some academic libraries even used the book as a resource to stock their shelves.

For the 2018 edition of this list, I hope to do the same work I did last year of growing the list through crowdsourcing on social media. Reach out on Twitter @Blackfeminisms or Facebook if you know of an academic book written by or about Black women and published in 2018. These academic books can be written by Black women of from all backgrounds and disciplines, and from settings outside of mainstream academia as well. Please be advised that if the publication date is not in 2018, the book won’t be included on this list.

Be sure to check back periodically, share the list widely, and of course, read and purchase these women’s work!

  1. Ezili’s Mirrors – Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley
  2. Erotic Islands: Art and Activism in the Queer Caribbean – Lyndon K. Gill
  3. Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History – E. Patrick Johnson
  4. Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism – Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley
  5. Envisioning Black Feminist Voodoo Aesthetics: African Spirituality in American Cinema (Black Diasporic Worlds: Origins and Evolutions – Kameelah L. Martin
  6. Narratives of African American Women’s Literary Pragmatism and Creative DemocracyGregory Phipps
  7. Training School for Negro Girls – Camille Acker
  8. Jezebel Unhinged: Loosing the Black Female Body in Religion and Culture – Tamura Lomax
  9. Intimate Justice: The Black Female Body and the Body Politic – Shatema Threadcraft
  10. Race Women Internationalists Activist-Intellectuals and Global Freedom Struggles – Imaobong Umoren
  11. Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom – Keisha N. Blain
  12. Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century – Barbara Ransby
  13. Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry – Imani Perry
  14. Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower Brittney Cooper
  15. Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America – Martha S. Jones
  16. Song in a Weary Throat: Memoir of an American Pilgrimage – Pauli Murray
  17. May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem – Imani Perry
  18. Sexuality and Slavery: Reclaiming Intimate Histories in the Americas – Daina Berry, Leslie M. Harris
  19. Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive – Marisa J. Fuentes
  20. A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America’s Schools – Rachel Devlin
  21. She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Joan Morgan
  22. Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side Eve L. Ewing
  23. Vexy Thing: On Gender and Liberation – Imani Perry
  24. New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition – Keisha N. Blain, Christopher Cameron, Ashley D. Farmer
  25. We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85: New Perspectives –  Catherine Morris and Rujeko Hockley
  26. A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s – Elizabeth Todd-Breland
  27. Understanding Critical Race Research Methods and Methodologies: Lessons from the Field – Jessica T. DeCuir-Gunby and Thandeka K. Chapman
  28. Black Women Filmmakers and Black Love on Screen – Brandale N. Mills
  29. Envisioning Black Feminist Voodoo Aesthetics: African Spirituality in American Cinema – Kameelah L. Martin
  30. Narratives of African American Women’s Literary Pragmatism and Creative Democracy – Greggory Phipps
  31. Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves – Glory Edim
  32. Remembering Lucile: A Virginia Family’s Rise from Slavery and a Legacy Forged a Mile – Polly E. Bugros McLean
  33. When the Light Is Fire: Maasai Schoolgirls in Contemporary Kenya – Heather D. Switzer
  34. Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump – Duchess Harris
  35. Afrokultur: »der raum zwischen gestern und morgen« (German Edition) – Natasha A. Kelly
  36. African Womanhood and Incontinent Bodies: Kenyan Women with Vaginal Fistulas – Kathomi Gatwiri
  37. How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide – Crystal Marie Fleming
  38. African Philosophy and the Epistemic Marginalization of Women – Jonathan O. Chimakonam and Louise du Toit
  39. In Search of Our Warrior Mothers: Women Dramatists of the Black Arts Movement – La Donna Forsgren
  40. Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics – Manya Whitaker and Eric Anthony Grollman
  41. The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism
    Bianca C. Williams
  42. The Caribbeanization of Black Politics: Race, Group Consciousness, and Political Participation in America – Sharon D. Wright
  43. Reimagining the Middle Passage: Black Resistance in Literature, Television, and Song – Tara T. Green
  44. Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity – Ralina L. Joseph
  45. Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction – Sami Schalk
  46. The Grind: Black Women and Survival in the Inner City – Alexis McCurn
  47. Black French Women and the Struggle for Equality, 1848-2016 – Félix Germain and Silyane Larcher
  48. Black Women, Work, and Welfare in the Age of Globalization – Sherrow O. Pinder
  49. The Chosen Ones: Black Men and the Politics of Redemption – Nikki Jones
  50. Black Women in Politics: Demanding Citizenship, Challenging Power, and Seeking Justice – Julia S. Jordan-Zackery and Nicol G. Alexander-Floyd
  51. Double Negative: The Black Image in Popular Culture – Racquel J. Gates