In 1986, sociologist Patricia Hill Collins published the groundbreaking essay, “Learning from the Outsider Within: The Sociological Significance of Black Feminist Thought.” In that pivotal piece, she describes the unique experiences and perspectives of Black women faculty in academia, specifically within predominately-white institutions (PWI’s). Today, Black women faculty account for only 3 percent of all faculty nationwide (Ryu, 2010), and face a myriad of challenges related to their social location. Racism, sexism, and other interlocking oppressions create troubling obstacles for Black women at all levels in academia (Benjamin, 1998; Collins, 2000; Gregory, 2001; hooks, 1989; King, 1988). Using Collins’ work as a starting point and theoretical grounding, this article will offer a demographic portrait of Black women’s participation in American higher education, present a review of the literature, and provide recommendations for future research.
Wilder, JeffriAnne; Jones, Tamara Bertrand; and Osborne-Lampkin, La’Tara
"A Profile of Black Women in the 21st Century Academy: Still Learning from the “Outsider-Within”,"
Journal of Research Initiatives: Vol. 1
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.uncfsu.edu/jri/vol1/iss1/5