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Evelyn M. Simien


Evelyn M. Simien is Associate professor of Political Science, jointly appointed with the Africana Studies Institute, and Associate Editor of Polity (the Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Association).  Her first book,Black Feminist Voices in Politics (State University of New York Press, 2006), determines the extent to which African American men and women support Black feminist tenets. The data set for which the book is based and for which she is sole principal investigator, the 2004-2005 National Black Feminist Study (NBFS), has been used by sociologists, psychologists, and political scientists who study feminist attitudes. Her second book, Gender and Lynching: the Politics of Memory (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011), focuses on African American women who suffered racial-sexual violence at the hands of vigilante lynch mobs in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Professor Simien’s research agenda is interdisciplinary, as it traverses the social sciences and humanities. She is the proud recipient of two distinguished teaching awards: the 2007 Teaching Promise Award from the American Association of University Professors, and the 2006 Anna Julia Cooper Teacher of the Year Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Professor Simien teaches Black leadership and Civil Rights, Black feminist theory and politics, Women and the Civil Rights Movement, as well as African American Politics.

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