Join Dr. Leigh-Anne Francis on February 19, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm!
Leigh-Anne Francis, associate professor in TCNJ’s departments of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The College of New Jersey, discusses how her personal identity as a queer person of color working in higher education informs her scholarship on African Americans, mass incarceration, and the mainstreaming of white supremacy. Today, African Americans comprise 12 percent of the United States’ total population, yet they represent 40 percent of the country’s incarcerated people. This high incarceration rate reflects a long history of Black people’s disproportionate arrests, convictions, and confinement in the U.S. prison system—a domain of institutional racism. You will leave this webinar with an understanding of Francis’ research as well as a greater appreciation of how personal identity anchors scholarship and professional work in meaningful and often challenging ways.