Katrina Bell McDonald is tenured in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Katrina Bell McDonald is in the Department of Sociology. Her areas of specialization include African American families; African-American women; race, class, and gender; psychosocial health among black Americans; qualitative research methods; and introductory social statistics. Her research focuses largely on kin support systems among African-American mothers and gender/ethnic solidarity and support among African-American women in general.
Her current project seeks to reconcile the idea and practice of "black sisterhood" with the reality of increasing socioeconomic heterogeniety of black female identity and experience. Her book, Embracing Sisterhood: Class, Identity, and Contemporary Black Women, is particularly concerned with assessing its significance under such polarizing conditions and its implications for the well-being of African-American women. Black feminist in its approach, this research forges new theorizing on black women that is rooted in the complexities of life at the margins of society, and in both the external and the internal oppression that reside there.
Note: In 1986, twenty years earlier, Dr. Germaine Hoston, was awarded tenure as an Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences.
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