Teaching to Survive

Keeping Black Girls and Black Girlhood Studies on Campus

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Tammy C. Owens Skidmore College, USA towens1@skidmore.edu

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Abstract

It has been a hard-fought battle to secure Black Girlhood Studies as an essential college course that examines Black experiences of American childhood. To ensure its survivability, I argue that scholars must establish many homes for Black Girlhood Studies beyond Gender Studies and Black Studies departments. Further, given the illegibility of Black girls as youthful or innocent children, scholars must advocate for Black Girlhood Studies as a college course in academic departments or programs in which Black girls are potentially subjects of faculty or student research. I draw on my experiences teaching Black Girlhood Studies as a Black woman professor and ground my analysis in Black feminist conversations that emerged during the twentieth century to solidify Black Women's Studies in the academy.

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Tammy C. Owens (ORCID 0000-0001-6233-7838) is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Her current research examines the intersections of race and American childhood. She is also a social worker who speaks publicly and publishes writing on topics such as Black feminism, motherhood, Black women's work lives, and relationships. Email: towens1@skidmore.edu

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