30 Books by Black Women Academics
30 Books by Black Women Academics

Books By Black Women Academics – 2017 Edition

I created a list on Black women’s theories recently and got feedback that many people found it useful for their work. I started to reflect on how often I have conversations where I learn about a Black woman academic via word of mouth only. I am hoping to make this blog a resource for people from all fields and backgrounds interested in being guided by the work of Black women. Below is a list of books that were published in 2017 written by Black women academics.

  1. Contested Bodies Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica – Sasha Turner
  2. Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (Women in American History) – Brittney C. Cooper
  3. Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century – Tera W. Hunter
  4. Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington, D.C. (Women in American History) – Treva B. Lindsey
  5. The Origin of Others (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures) – Toni Morrison
  6. Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge – Erica Armstrong Dunbar
  7. Hunger – Roxane Gay
  8. Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era (Justice, Power, and Politics) – Ashley D. Farmer
  9. Black Madonna: A Womanist Look at Mary of Nazareth – Courtney Hall Lee
  10. Gateway to equality : Black women and the struggle for economic justice in St. Louis – Keona K. Ervin
  11. Scandalize my name : black feminist practice and the making of black social life – Terrion L. Williamson
  12. Black Women, Agency, and the New Black Feminism – Maria del Guadalupe. Davidson
  13. Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy – Tressie McMillan Cottom
  14. Passionate and Pious: Religious Media and Black Women’s Sexuality – Monique Moultrie
  15. The promise of patriarchy : women and the Nation of Islam – Ula Y. Taylor
  16. Reflecting rogue : inside the mind of a feminist – Pumla Dineo Gqola
  17. The Evolution of Black Women in Television: Mammies, Matriarchs and Mistresses – Imani M. Cheers
  18. Making Gullah: A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination – Melissa L. Cooper
  19. The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History – Anne C. Bailey
  20. Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color – Andrea Ritchie
  21. Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France – Crystal Marie Fleming
  22. Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, me & THE WORLD – Gina Athena Ulysse
  23. Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America – Stacey Patton
  24. The Kind of Man I Am: Jazzmasculinity and the World of Charles Mingus, Jr – Nichole Rustin-Paschal
  25. How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success – Julie Lythcott-Haims
  26. The Revelations of Asher: Toward Supreme Love in Self –  Jeanine M. Staples
  27. Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability – Stephanie Y Evans, Kanika Bell, & Nsenga K. Burton
  28. Shadow Bodies: Black Women, Ideology, Representation, and Politics – Julia S. Jordan-Zachery
  29. Raising the Race: Black Career Women Redefine Marriage, Motherhood, and Community – Riché J. Daniel Barnes
  30. Health Equity in Brazil: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Policy – Kia Lilly Caldwell
  31. Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present – Robyn Maynard
  32. How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective – Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor 
  33. Electric Arches – Eve Ewing
  34. The Power of Race in Cuba: Racial Ideology and Black Consciousness During the Revolution – Danielle Clealand
  35. Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and the Black Fantastic – Michelle D. Commander
  36. Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology – Deirdre Cooper Owens
  37. Racialized Identities in Second Language Learning: Speaking Blackness in Brazil – Uju Anya
  38. Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora – Manoucheka Celeste
  39. To Be Free and French: Citizenship in France’s Atlantic Empire – Lorelle Semley

I hope to expand on this list in the event that I’m missing key names and books. Be sure to subscribe to stay updated. Send me a message or comment on the post if you have any further additions.