KU News Release


August 10, 2012
Contact: Jennifer Hamer, Department of American Studies, 785-864-4011

KU professor to edit new journal Women, Gender, and Families of Color

LAWRENCE — A ground-breaking scholarly journal has been launched by the University of Illinois Press in cooperation with the University of Kansas. Women, Gender, and Families of Color expands the mission of the now defunct Black Women, Gender, and Families. The new title explicitly includes black, Latina, indigenous and Asian-American women, gender and families. It will maintain an emphasis on examinations of U.S. policies and will encourage transnational comparative analyses. It will more fully integrate gender as an analytic category while strengthening interdisciplinary paradigms for the study of women of color, families and communities.

Women, Gender, and Families of Color is edited by Professor Jennifer Hamer of the University of Kansas Department of American Studies.

“Dramatically changing demographics demand that scholars center the past and present gender and familial experiences of blacks, Latinos, indigenous and Asian-Americans,” said Hamer. “Many within these populations persistently maintain institutions and lead cultural and social change. Yet, racialized women and families in the U.S. and abroad have historically known the brunt of austerity measures, crumbling infrastructures, rising costs of education, wealth inequality, and persistent gender, sexuality and class inequities. As an African-American mother, sister, daughter and partner, I am especially aware of the meaning these circumstances have on the health and development of children, the capacity of parents to provide for their families and the ability of workers to maintain meaningful employment. African-American, Latino, indigenous and Asian-American women and families serve as a national and global bellwether for our future. WGFC offers a cross-field venue that challenges readers to take seriously their social, cultural, political and economic significance.”

The Journal, which is to be published biannually in the spring and fall, is published by the University of Illinois Press and sponsored by the University of Kansas.

“This journal will shed new light on subjects in which many members of our faculty are deeply interested,” said Danny Anderson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at KU. “Research projects in the College at KU frequently intersect on topics concerning women, gender, family and culture, while our esteemed interdisciplinary academic programs explore these fields in the classroom. Our affiliation with Women, Gender, and Families of Color is an excellent opportunity to support and contribute to this growing field of critical knowledge.”

To subscribe to Women, Gender, and Families of Color, please visit the journal’s website.

Contributions to the journal are welcomed, and submission guidelines can be found on the journal’s website.



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