Julia Chinyere Oparah Mills College

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Biography

Julia Chinyere Oparah is an activist scholar, social justice educator and experienced community organizer, who is dedicated to producing groundbreaking critical scholarship in the service of progressive social movements. Oparah is an African diaspora specialist, whose interests span a number of different social concerns, including activism by women of color, violence against women, women and the prison-industrial complex, restorative justice, queer and transgender liberation, race and adoption, research justice and birth activism.

Oparah is professor and department chair of Ethnic Studies at Mills College. She played a leading role in the establishment of Mills’ Queer Studies Program and sits on the Advisory Committee for that program. She recently led the College’s Gender Expression and Diversity initiative, leading to the production of an important report on improving the experiences of transgender and gender-fluid students at Mills.

Oparah was awarded the Rockefeller Fellowship in Sex, Race and Globalization in 2002, and held the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Social Justice and Diversity at the University of Toronto from 2004-06. In addition to her graduate degrees in Sociology and Ethnic Studies, Oparah trained in community development. Prior to entering academia, she coordinated a black women’s center in the UK, and was executive director of a national development agency for non-profits serving communities of color.

Oparah is author of Other Kinds of Dreams: Black Women’s Organizations and the Politics of Organization, the only comprehensive history of the black women’s movement on Britain. She is editor of Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex, a seminal work that mapped the connections between globalization, gender and mass incarceration. She is also co-editor of 3 books: Activist Scholarship: Antiracism, Feminism and Social Change, Color of Violence: the Incite! Anthology and Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption.

She is currently working with the grassroots community organization Black Women Birthing Justice on a participatory action research project about black women’s experiences of pregnancy and childbirth, and editing an anthology on black women in the birth justice movement. Oparah has Nigerian (Igbo) and British origins, and immigrated to the US in 1995. She lives in East Oakland with her partner and daughter.

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience

2008-Present, Chair, Department of Ethnic Studies

2006-Present, Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Mills College

2004-2006, Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, Equity and Diversity, Department of Social Work, University of Toronto

2001-2006, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Mills College

Fall 1998-2001, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Mills College.

Fall 1999, Visiting Professor, Institute for Women's and Gender Studies, University of Toronto, Canada. 

Spring 1998, Lecturer, Department of Women's Studies, UC Berkeley.

Lecturer, Department of Community Studies, UC Santa Cruz.

Fall 1997-Spring 1998, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Mills College.

Spring 1997, Lecturer, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley.

Administrative

Editorial Board, Feminist Africa, 2007-Present

Coordinator, Aboriginal Advanced Practitioner Initiative, University of Toronto, 2004-2006

Coordinator, Social Justice Cluster, University of Toronto, 2004-2006

Coordinator, Collaborative Program in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies (Social Work), University of Toronto, 2004-2006

Advisory Board, Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies, 2003-Present

Advisory Board, New Dawn: The Journal of Black Canadian Studies, 2005-Present.

Editorial Board, Social Justice, 2000-Present

Director, Sia: The National Development Agency for the Black Voluntary Sector. Leading a national advocacy and support agency with 2,000 member organisations. Developing policy initiatives to improve access to resources, services and support mechanisms for minority communities. Commissioning, publishing and disseminating publications to promote wider knowledge of minority community development issues. Representing the interests of the sector to government agencies, charitable foundations and other agencies. Developing mutually beneficial relationships with funders, raising funds and financial management. Coordinating a public relations strategy and dealing with the media. Coordinating national networks, conferences and professional seminars to promote good practice. 1994-1996

Coordinator, Osaba Women's Centre. Responsible for managing a busy educational centre for African Caribbean women and children in an inner city area. Managing a staff-team of 10. Providing advocacy, career and educational development opportunities for black women. Initiating, coordinating and delivering innovative educational projects to meet black women's diverse needs. Liaising with universities and colleges to ensure appropriate and diverse educational opportunities are on offer. Coordinating local networks of black community organisations and churches. 1991-1994

Community Development Officer, Cambridge City Council. Responsible for managing a community centre with a focus on young people and disadvantaged groups and facilitating local community action. Creating effective consultative mechanisms between local people, community groups, local politicians and council officers. Integrating equalities issues into local governmental service provision. 1989-1991

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Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Sudbury, Julia. 2013. "Rethinking anti-violence strategies: lessons from the Black women’s movement in Britain," in Gender and Equality Law, edited by Julie Goldscheid. Burlington and Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishers.

Oparah, Julia C. 2012. “Feminism and the (Trans)Gender Entrapment of Gender Nonconforming Prisoners.” UCLA Women’s Law Journal, 18 (2).

Sudbury, Julia. 2009. “Reform or Abolition?: Using Popular Mobilizations to Dismantle the Prison-Industrial Complex.” Criminal Justice Matters 77, 1.

Sudbury, Julia. 2009. "Maroon Abolitionists: Black Gender-oppressed Activists in the Antiprison Movement in the U.S. and Canada." Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 9, 1: 1-29.

Sudbury, Julia. 2008. "Rethinking Global Justice: Black Women Resist the Transnational Prison-Industrial Complex." SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture & Society, 10, 4, October: 344-360.

Sudbury, Julia. 2005. Celling Black Bodies: Black Women in the Global Prison Industrial Complex, Feminist Review, 80, 1, July: 162-179. Originally published in Feminist Review 70, 2002: 57-74.

Sudbury, Julia. 2004. "From the Point of No Return to the Women's Prison: Writing Contemporary Spaces of Confinement into Diaspora Studies", Canadian Woman Studies 23, 2, Winter: 154-163.

Sudbury, Julia. 2004. "Globalized Punishment, Localized Resistance: Prisons, Neoliberalism and Empire." SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture & Society, 6, 1: 55-65.

Sudbury, Julia. 2004. "A World Without Prisons: Resisting Militarism, Globalized Punishment and Empire", Social Justice, 31,1-2.

Sudbury, Julia. 2003. "Toward a Holistic Anti-Violence Agenda: Women of Color as Radical Bridge-Builders", Social Justice 30, 3: 134-41.

Sudbury, Julia. 2002. "'If I Die in Here, Least I'll Be Free': Black Women "Mules" and the Transnational Prison Industrial Complex." Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, Vol. VIII, Summer.

Sudbury, Julia. 2002. "Celling Black Bodies: Black Women in the Global Prison Industrial Complex," Feminist Review, 70: 57-74.

Sudbury, Julia. 2001. "(Re)constructing Multiracial Blackness: Women's Activism, Difference and Collective Identity in Britain", Ethnic and Racial Studies, 24, 1, January.

Sudbury, Julia. 2000. "Transatlantic Visions: Resisting the Globalization of Mass Incarceration", Social Justice, 27, 3: 133-50.

Sudbury, Julia. 1998. "Hidden Struggles: Black Women's Activism and Black Masculinity." Soundings: Journal of Politics and Culture, November 1998.

Sudbury, Julia. 1998. 'En-gendering Anti-racism: Towards a Holistic Politics of Social Transformation.” Patterns of Prejudice, 32, 4.

Book Chapters

Oparah, Julia C. Forthcoming. "Beyond the Prison-Industrial Complex: Women of Color Transforming Antiviolence Work," in Are All the Women Still White? Globalizing Women's Studies, edited by Ime Kerlee and Janell Hobson. New York: Routledge.

Oparah, Julia C. 2011. "Maroon Abolitionists: Black Gender-oppressed Activists in the Antiprison Movement in the U.S. and Canada." in Eric Stanley and Nat Smith (eds) in Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and Prison Industrial Complex, Oakland: AK Press.

Sudbury, Julia. 2011. “From Women Prisoners to People in Women’s Prisons: Challenging the Gender Binary in Antiprison Work.” In Razor Wire Women, edited by Jodie Lawston. New York: SUNY Press.

Sudbury, Julia. 2010. “Unpacking the Crisis: Women of Color, Globalization and the Prison-Industrial Complex.” In Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the U.S., edited by Rickie Solinger, Paula C. Johnson, and Martha L. Raimon. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Sudbury, Julia. 2009. “A World Without Prisons: Resisting Militarism, Globalized Punishment and Empire," In Arnold Itwaru ed., The White Supremacist State: Eurocentrism, Imperialism, Colonialism, Racism. Toronto: Other Eye Publications.

Sudbury, Julia. 2008. "Challenging Penal Dependency: Activist Scholars and the Antiprison Movement." In Activist Scholarship: Antiracism, Feminism and Social Change, edited by Julia Sudbury and Margo Okazawa-Rey. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

Sudbury, Julia. 2006. “Rethinking Antiviolence Strategies: Lessons from the Black Women’s Movement in Britain,” reprinted in Gender and Equality Law, edited by Julie Goldscheid. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing.

Sudbury, Julia. 2006. “Rethinking Antiviolence Strategies: Lessons from the Black Women’s Movement in Britain.” In Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology, edited by Incite! Women of Color Against Violence. Cambridge, MA: South End Press.

Sudbury, Julia. 2005. “‘Mules’, ‘Yardies,’ and Other Folk Devils: Mapping Cross-Border Imprisonment in Britain.” In Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex, edited by Julia Sudbury. New York: Routledge.

Sudbury, Julia. 2005. “Globalized Punishment, Localized Resistance: Prisons, Neoliberalism and Empire.” In The New Black Renaissance: The Souls Anthology Of Critical African-American Studies, edited by Manning Marable. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers. Originally published in SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, 6 (1) 55-65, 2004.

Sudbury, Julia. 2005. “Toward a Holistic Anti-Violence Agenda: Women of Color as Radical Bridge-Builders. Social Justice.” In Domestic Violence at the Margins: Readings in Race, Class, Gender and Culture, edited by Natalie J. Sokoloff with Christina Pratt. New York: Rutgers University Press. Originally published in Social Justice, Fall 2003, 30, 3: 134-41.

Sudbury, Julia. 2003. "'We Don't Just Make Tea': Redefining Political Activism." In Black Success in the UK: Essays in Racial and Ethnic Studies, edited by Doreen McCalla. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Sudbury, Julia. 2003. "Women of Color, Globalization and the Politics of Incarceration." In The Criminal Justice System and Women, edited by Barbara Rattel Price and Natalie Sokoloff. New York: McGraw Hill.

Sudbury, Julia. 2001. "Globalisation, Incarcerated Black Women/Women of Colour and the Challenge to Feminist Scholarship." In Millennial Visions: Issues for Feminism, edited by Women's Studies Network. Cardiff, UK: Cardiff University Press.

Encyclopedia Entries

Sudbury, Julia. 2004. "Critical Resistance." In Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities, edited by Mary Bosworth. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Sudbury, Julia. 2000. "Black British Feminism." In The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies, edited by Cheris Kramarae and Dale Spender. London and New York: Routledge.

Books

Julia Chinyere Oparah and Alicia D. Bonaparte, eds., Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth, New York: Routledge, 2015.

Alicia D. Bonaparte, Julia Chinyere Oparah and Olivia Polk, Birthing Justice Discussion Guide, New York: Routledge, 2015.

Julia Sudbury and Margo Okazawa-Rey, eds., Activist Scholarship: Antiracism, Feminism and Social Change, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2009.

Jane Jeong Trenka, Julia Chinyere Oparah and Sun Yung Shin (eds). 2006. Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. Cambridge, MA: South End Press.

Incite! Women of Color Against Violence (eds). 2006. Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology, Cambridge, MA: South End Press.

Sudbury, Julia (ed). 2005. Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex. New York: Routledge.

Sudbury, Julia. 2003. Outros Tipos de Sonhos: Organizações de mulheres negras e políticas de transformaçaões. Sao Paolo, Brazil: Selo Negro.

Sudbury, Julia. 1998. Other Kinds of Dreams: Black Women's Organizations and the Politics of Transformation. London and New York: Routledge.

Book Reviews

Marable (ed.), Dispatches from the Ebony Tower: Intellectuals Confront the African American Experience,Ethnic and Racial Studies., Vol. 24, Issue 3, p 485, 38p, May 2001.

Gargi Bhattacharyya, Tales of Dark-skinned Women: Race, Gender and Global Culture,Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 23, Issue 2, p 353, 2p., Mar 2000.

James L. Conyers and Alva P. Barnett, African American Sociology: A Social Study of the Pan-African Diaspora.Ethnic and Racial Studies 22: (6) November 1999.

Yanick St. Jean and Joe R. Feagin, Double Burden: Black Women and Everyday Racism. Social Science Quarterly 82: (3) September 1999.

Nancy Naples (ed), Community Activism and Feminist Politics: Organizing Across Race, Class and Gender,Work, Employment and Society 13: (2) June 1999.

Heidi Safia Mirza, Black British Feminism: A Reader, Ethnic and Racial Studies Volume 22 January 1999.

Benjamin P. Bowser and Raymond G. Hunt (eds), Impacts of Racism on White Americans,Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 24, No. 1. January 1998.

Barbara Omolade, The Rising Song of African American Women, Africa World Review, April-May 1997.

Judy Scales-Trent, Notes of a White Black Woman, Africa World Review, April-May 1997.

Essays and Creative Writing

“Building a World Without Prisons: Ten Years of Critical Resistance”, Mills College Campanil, September 22, 2008.

"Foreword", Colonial Systems of Control: Criminal Justice in Nigeria by Viviane Saleh-Hanna.

"Building Women's Movement Beyond 'Imperial Feminism'", Open Forum, San Francisco Chronicle March 28, 2000.

"Hunger" in Tina Cervin and Susan Ito (eds) A Ghost at Heart's Edge: Stories and Poems of Adoption, North Atlantic Books 1999.

"Unity in Diversity", Voluntary Voice, October 1998.

"Other Kinds of Dreams", Shabaab 24, September 1998.

"Growing up is hard to do", NCVO News, April 1996.

"The Black voluntary sector prepares for change and disappointment", The African, September 1995.

"Empowerment and Integrity", Shabaab, January 1995.

"Self reliance no easy option", Third Sector, October 1994.

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Recent Presentations

Scholarly Presentations

“Birth Justice and Activist Scholarship”, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, Berkeley Law Center, March 6, 2013.

Moderator: “Insurgent Strategies? Restorative Justice, Transformative Justice, and Community Accountability,” Race, Domestic and Sexual Violence: From the Prison Nation to Community Resistance, Boalt Law School, University of California, Berkeley, March 1, 2013.

Presenter, Building a Feminist Future Without Prisons, National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Oakland, CA, November 8-11, 2012.

Moderator, Abolitionist Futures, Community Accountabilities, and Emerging Movements to Transform Violence, National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Oakland, CA, November 8-11, 2012.

“Engaged Scholarship and Activism in the African American Community,” Department of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, September 14, 2012.

“Activist Scholarship and Prison Abolition,” Presentation to Prescott College Summer Session, Oakland, CA, July 2012.

“What is Gendered Violence Against African American Girls and Young Women?” Boalt Law School, University of California, Berkeley, March 9, 2012

"Teaching in the Prison-Industrial Complex," Abolition Pedagogy: Critical Prison Studies and the Neoliberal University, University of California, Berkeley, October 14, 2011.

“Activist Scholarship and the Anti-prison Movement,” Catalyzing Knowledge in Dangerous Times, Center for Race and Gender, U.C. Berkeley, April 14, 2011.

"Activist Scholarship: Antiracism, Feminism, and Social Change," Women’s and Gender Studies 30th anniversary, Santa Clara University, Thursday, April 7th, 2011.

“Against Reconstruction; Or What I Learned from Oya about Disasters and Rebirth,” Anne L. Harper Lecture, The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference, Georgia State University, March 24-26, 2011.

"Mothering and Childbirth as Radical Praxis,” Empowering Women of Color Conference, U.C. Berkeley, February 19, 2011.

Building Transnational Queer Studies at a Women’s College, Expanding the Circle: Creating an Inclusive Environment for LGBTQ Students and Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies, February 26, 2010.

Booklaunch, Activist Scholarship: Antiracism, Feminism and Social Change, Mills College, February 19, 2010.

Regional Spotlight Session: Activist Scholarship and the Anti-prison Movement in California, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, August 10, 2009.

Presider, Discussion on Profiling Activism and Scholarship on Militarism, Mills College, March 3, 2009.

“Writing Our Stories,” 1st Annual Gathering of Adoptees and Foster Alumnae of African Descent: Healing Ourselves, Making Connections, Oakland, CA, November 7-9, 2008.

“Abolition and the Academy: Scholar Activists and Gender Justice,” Critical Resistance 10, Laney College, Sunday, September 28, 2008.

Prison Ministry or Prison Abolition? An Interfaith Conversation on the Prison Industrial Complex, Critical Resistance 10: Strategies and Struggle to Abolish the Prison Industrial Complex, Laney College, Saturday, September 27, 2009.

“Working for Gender Justice: Strategies Challenging Gendered Imprisonment Prison Expansion,” Critical Resistance 10, Laney College, Saturday, September 27, 2009.

“Building a Movement to Abolish Prisons: Lessons from the U.S.,” plenary address, International Conference on Penal Abolition, London, UK, July 24, 2008.

“Localized Punishment: Racial-Gender Policing and Resistance,” keynote address, 27th Annual Gender Symposium, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR, March 14, 2008.

“Transracial Adoption: Modern-Day Slavery or Postracial Utopia?”, Mixed Heritage Week, University of California at Davis, May 10, 2007

‘Reconsidering a Reliance on the Criminal Justice System for Addressing Rape and Domestic Violence’, “The Dangerous Intersections of Race, Gender and Violence”, Stanford University, April 26, 2007

‘No End in Sight? Organizing the Present for the Future in Penal California’, “Penal California: Tracing Its Origins, Sketching Its Future”, San Jose State University, April 6, 2007.

“Transnationalizing US Prison Studies,” American Studies Association Conference, Oakland, CA, October 14, 2006

Plenary Speaker, “Interrupted Life - Mothers in Prison,” Scripps College, September 23, 2006

Plenary Speaker, National Women’s Association Conference, “Empire, Global, Political Conflicts, and Resistance,” Oakland, CA, June 15-18, 2006

Opening Plenary, Engendering Justice: Prisons, Activism and Change, The Scholar and Feminist Conference, Barnard Center for Research on Women, New York, April 8, 2006.

Women’s Criminalization and Poverty, Workshop presentation, Global Women’s Strategies for the 21st Century, Sarah Lawrence College, September 10-13, 2005.

Global Lockdown, Book reading, Bluestockings Bookstore, New York, September 10, 2005.

The Challenge of Transnational Pedagogies, Opening Plenary, Canadian Women’s Studies Association, Western University, London, Ontario, May 29, 2005.

“Globalization, Criminalization and Resistance: Women and the International Prison-Industrial Complex”, Plenary speaker, Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Arizona, April 21-24, 2005.

“The Nafta-ized Prison: Incarceration on the Border”, Paper, Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Arizona, April 21-24, 2005.

“Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex”, Book launch, Kingston public library and Queen’s University, March 23, 2005.

“Global Lockdown”, plenary speaker and workshop presenter, The Color of Violence III, Tremé Community Centre, New Orleans, March 11-13, 2005.

Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex, Guest Lecture, University of Victoria, April 1, 2005.

“Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex”, Book launch, Mills College, February 16, 2005.

“Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex”, Book launch, University of Toronto, January 28, 2005.

“Prison activism in California: Bringing Decarcerative Forces into the Frame”, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto, January 21, 2005.

“From Abu Ghraib to the U.S. Women’s Prison”, Gender and Transnationality Seminar, Institute for Women’s Studies, American University at Cairo, December 12, 2004.

“The Aboriginal Advanced Practitioner Initiative: A Model for Access to Graduate Education”, Aboriginal Worldviews Symposium, University of Toronto, November 26, 2004.

“The War at Home: Empire, Criminalization and the Neoliberal State”, Racism and the Warring State, The Annual New College Conference on Racism and National Consciousness, University of Toronto, November 7, 2004.

“Globalization, Criminalization and Resistance: The Challenge of Transnational Feminist Prison Studies”, Theorizing Transnationality, Gender and Citizenship Workshop, Inst of Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, University of Toronto, November 5, 2004.

“From Abu Ghraib to the Women's Prison: Building a Transnational Black Feminist Agenda”, Gender, Race and Transnational Praxis Speaker Series, Women’s Studies, Syracuse University, October 20, 2004.

“Strategies for Success in Higher Education”, Black Student Union Orientation, University of Toronto, September 16, 2004.

"Unlocking the Transnational Prison-Industrial Complex: Black Feminist Reflections on Freedom", Race, Racism and Empire Conference, York University, April 30, 2004.

"Black Women Challenge Criminal Injustice," University of San Francisco, March 9, 2004.

"The Prison Movement, Reproductive Rights and C.R.A.C.K.: Opportunities for Coalition-Building" Union Theological Seminary, New York, March 5, 2004.

"Global Visions for Peace and Justice from the World Social Forum", San Francisco Women's Building and Mills College, February 29 and March 4 2004.

"Resisting Globalized Punishment", "Women Against Imperialism", World Social Forum, Mumbai, India, January 16-21, 2004.

"Outros Tipos de Sonhos", Book Launch, Centro Cultural Jose Bonifacio, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, November 24, 2003.

"Black Women's Activism in Britain and the U.S.", Criola, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 24, 2003.

"Affirmative Action: Lessons from the U.S.", Afro-Ascendente Program, CIEDS, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 23, 2003.

"Women's Activism in The African Atlantic", Festival of Black Arts, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, November 21, 2003.

"Outros Tipos de Sonhos", Book Launch, Geledés: Instituto da Mulher Negra, Sâo Paulo, November 20, 2003.

"Black Feminist Reflections on Prison Abolition," Department of African American Studies, Stanford University, November 7, 2003.

"The Current Context for Prison Activism: Threats and Opportunities, "Statewide Strategy Session on Women in Prison, Mills College, October 11, 2003.

"From Drugs to Terror: Resisting the War Mentality", Mapping Insurgencies, University of Arizona, April 25-26, 2003.

"Survival in Black: Gendered Identities Behind Bars", Collegium of African American Research, Winchester, England, April 13-15, 2003.

"Globalized Punishment, Localized Resistance: Prisons, Neoliberalism and Empire", Africana Studies in Criminal Injustice, Columbia University, April 11-12, 2003.

"Building a Movement to End Interpersonal and State Violence Against Women of Color and Our Communities", Critical Resistance South, New Orleans, April 4, 2003.

"From War on Drugs to War on Terror: Linking Militarism and the Prison Industrial Complex", Africana Studies, University of Arizona, March 26, 2003.

"State Violence Against Women of Color and Globalization", World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 23-28, 2003.

"Industrialized Punishment and the Criminalization of Migrant Labor", Resistance on the Border: Globalization, Militarization, Immigration, University of Arizona, Tucson, December 7, 2002.

"State Violence, Imprisonment and the LGBT Movement", Creating Change, National Lesbian and Gay Taskforce, Portland, November 11, 2002.

"Trans/formations: Women's Imprisonment and Gender Dualism", Sex, Race and Globalization Series, University of Arizona, Tucson, November 7, 2002.

"Women, Globalization and the Prison Boom", Gender and Sexualities Series, Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona, October 22, 2002.

"Transnational Alliances and Penal Abolition", ICOPA X, University of Lagos, Nigeria, August 23, 2002.

"'It Doesn't Look Like a Jail': Reflections on Feminism and Abolition", National Network for Women in Prison, Columbia University, June 20-23, 2002.

"Influencing Decision-making at Mills", Women of Color Resource Center Retreat, Center for Third World Organizing, March 2, 2002.

"How Globalization Criminalizes Women of Color in the Global North and South", The Color of Violence II, University of Illinois, Chicago, March 15-17, 2002.

"The Black Women's Movement in Britain", International Women's Day Event, Mills College Women's Leadership Institute, March 5, 2002.

"State and Corporate Terror", Practicing Transgressions: Radical Women of Color for the 21st. Century, University of California, Berkeley, February 7-10, 2002.

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"Breaking Down the Walls: Organizing Against the PIC", New College, San Francisco, December 8, 2001.

"Race and Incarceration Post 9.11", Sex, Race and Prisons Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson, December 01, 2001.

"Policing Black Europe: Black Women and the Politics of Incarceration", Remapping Black Europe, University of California, Santa Cruz, October 19-20, 2001.

Women's Resistance: From Victimization to Criminalization, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centers, Ottawa, October 1-3, 2001.

"Celling Black Women: Race, Gender and the Global Prison Industrial Complex", University of Oregon, Eugene, April 19, 2001.

"Women and the Criminal Injustice System" Panelist, Critical Resistance Film Festival, University of California, Santa Cruz, January 25-27, 2001.

"Race, Gender and the Prison Industrial Complex", Critical Resistance East, Columbia University, March 9-11, 2001.

"Racism and the Prison Industrial Complex", Committing to Conscience, American Friends Service Committee, San Francisco, November 16-19, 2000.

"Caribbean and Latin American Women "Mules" in British and Canadian Prisons", American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, November 11-15, 2000.

Panel Chair "International Justice Issues and Native Peoples", American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, November 11-15, 2000.

"Building an Anti-racist, Left Queer Agenda", Bent on Change: Re-Thinking Queer Issues on Campus and in Communities, University of Toronto, York University and Ryerson Polytechnic University November 3-4, 2000.

"The Globalisation of Penality: Transnational Womanist Reflections", The New Imperialism, London, England, October 20, 2000.

"Black, Queer and Left (Out)", Last Lecture Series, October 5, 2000.

"Unpacking Scholarship Biases in a Global Research Agenda", Reunion Symposium, September 22, 2000.

"Inside the Global Prison: Incarcerated Women of Color", Millennial Visions: Women in the 21st Century, Women's Studies Network Association, Bristol, UK, July 12, 2000.

"Women of Color and the Global Prison Industrial Complex", A Call to Transformative Justice, International Conference on Penal Abolition, Toronto, Canada, May 10-13, 2000.

"Toward a Womanist Methodology", Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon at Eugene, May 2, 2000.

Panel Chair, "Women of Color and the Prison Industrial Complex", Color of Violence Conference, University of California, Santa Cruz, April 28, 2000.

"Race, Gender and Resistance inside the Global Prison", Diversity and Justice, Western Society of Criminology, Hawaii, February 24-26, 2000.

Panel Chair, "Diversity and Ethnicity", Western Society of Criminology, Hawaii, February 24-26, 2000.

"(Re)constructing Blackness: Women's Activism, Difference and Collective Identity", Erindale Campus, University of Toronto, October 22, 1999.

"The Battle for Blackness: Women of Color Reconstruct Race in Britain", Institute of Women's Studies and Gender Studies, 2nd Annual Research Symposia, University of Toronto, October 27th, 1999.

"Anti-racist Feminist Activism: From the Streets of London to the Streets of Toronto", New College, University of Toronto, November 13th, 1999.

"Race, Gender and the Criminal Justice System: Lessons from the U.S.", Criminology in the 90s Conference, London, England, June 11, 1999.

"Radical Border Crossing: Towards a Diasporic, Anti-imperialist Ethnic Studies Agenda", panel presentation at Ethnic Studies and Radical Politics: Beyond the Schooling Industrial Complex Conference, University of California at Berkeley, April 9, 1999.

"Hidden Struggles: Coalition-building between African, Caribbean and Asian Women", University of Toronto Women's Studies Program and Toronto Women's Bookstore, Canada, February 16, 1999.

"Women of Color and the Prison Industrial Complex", Guest Lecture, History of Consciousness, University of California at Santa Cruz, January 14, 1999.

'Building Racial Justice into Adoption Policy and Practice' American Adoption Congress, San Francisco, November 13, 1998

'Black Women: Politics, Leadership and Organisational Development', Key Note Speaker, House of Commons, London, England, October 22, 1998.

'The Battle for Blackness: the Creation and Maintenance of an Oppositional Collective Identity by Black Women's Organizations in Britain', on panel 'Gender Identities and Social Movements', American Sociological Association, San Francisco, August 21, 1998.

Discussant 'Author Meets Critics: Call to Homeby Carol Stack', American Sociological Association, San Francisco, August 22, 1998

Panel Chair, 'The Big 3: Race, Class and Gender', Association of Black Sociologists, San Francisco, August 20, 1998.

'Reconstructing Blackness: Oppositional Identities in Diaspora Space', African Diaspora Studies on the Eve of the 21st Century, U.C. Berkeley, May 1, 1998.

'Rethinking Family, Rethinking Race: Researching Transracial Adoption', Academic Forum, English Department, Mills College, Oct 30, 1997.

'The Contested Classroom: Diversity and Empowerment in Pedagogical Praxis', Multiculturalism in a Liberal Arts College series, Mills College, September 29, 1997.

''Race' and Identity in Adoption', In True Colors Conference, Oakland, June 28, 1997.

'Nationalism, Feminism and Islam' in 'World Civilizations' class, Department of Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley, May 7, 1997.

'Naming and the Myth of Adoption', San Francisco Child Project, San Francisco, April 27, 1997.

'Transracial Adoption' in 'Mixed Race People in America' class, Department of Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley, April 10, 1997.

'Rethinking Family, Rethinking 'Race': Researching Transracial Adoption', Graduate Seminar, Multi-Racial Alternatives Project, U.C. Berkeley, October 8, 1996.

'Sibling Relations in Transracial Adoptive Families', PACT: an Adoption Alliance Seminar, Oakland, May 1996.

'Building an Infrastructure for the Community Sector', presented to Baroness Blatch, Home Office Minister, London, November 27, 1995.

'Organising and Recognising the Needs of Black Women', presented to 'A Step Forward' Conference, Aberdeen Women's Centre, Aberdeen, November 15, 1995.

'Building a Strong Black Voluntary Sector Infrastructure', presented to Bath Black Networking Organisation Annual Conference, Bath, October 12, 1995.

'Black Voluntary Organisations - Towards Self Determination', presented to 'Race, Resources, Recognition' Seminar, Birmingham, September 14, 1995.

'Grant-giving Trusts and Funding the Black Voluntary Sector', presented to Association of Charitable Foundations, London, January 31, 1995.

Other Presentations

Guest lecturer, Prisons: Advocacy, Impacts and Opposition, Prescott College Summer Program, May 2012.

Captive Genders Book Launch, University of California, Berkeley, February 9, 2012

Captive Genders Book Launch, Mills College Student Union March 1, 2012

Color of Violence Book Launch, Mills College Student Union, March 8, 2007

Outsiders Within Book Launch, Mills College Student Union, November 9, 2006

Amnesty for Katrina Survivors, Mills College, October 25, 2006

Presentation to Ethnic Studies Graduate Seminar at University of California, Berkeley, October 31, 2006

"Influencing Decision-making at Mills", Women of Color Resource Center Retreat, Center for Third World Organizing, March 2, 2002

Mistress of Ceremonies, Practicing Transgressions: This Bridge Called My Back II Launch Party, La Pena, February 9, 2002.

"Incarcerated Women of Color", East Bay Alumnae Gathering, May 4, 2000.

"To Change the World", keynote speech at Student of Color Graduation, Mills College, April 30, 1999.

"Explorations in Diaspora Space", Faculty Seminar, February 1, 1999.

Introduction to Maud Blair, Women of Courage Breakfast Series, Mills College Women's Leadership Institute, Dec 2, 1998

"African American Womanism and the African novel", guest lecture in African Women Writers class, Foreign Languages, Mills College, November 19, 1997

"The African Diaspora in Germany", guest lecture in 20th Century Germany class, Foreign Languages, Mills College, November 4, 1997

"Women in Africa and the African Diaspora", guest lecture, Mills Open Day, October 18, 1997

Introduction to Toi Derricotte, Creative Writing Series, Mills College, October 6, 1997

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Service

College Service

Member, Queer Studies Advisory Board, 2011 to Present

Member, Diversity Committee 2011 to present

Presidential Leadership Transition Team, 2011-Present

Faculty advisor, The Womanist Journal 2011-present

Chair, Diversity Committee 2008-2010

Member, Mills College Queer Studies Initiative 2008-2010

Coordination committee for Tumi McCallum Memorial, Fall 2007

Faculty Advisor, Black Women's Collective Fall 2006-Present

Faculty Advisor, Queer Melanin 2007-Present

Coordinator, Black History Month committee Fall 2006-Present

Member, Strategic Planning Committee Spring 2007

Member, Diversity Committee Fall 2006-Present

Member, Search Committee, Barbara Lee Distinguished Chair in Women's Leadership, Spring 2007

Member, Search Committee, Sociology Faculty position, Spring 2007

Coordinator, Advanced Aboriginal Practitioner Initiative, University of Toronto, 2004-2006

Faculty of Social Work Coordinator, Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Graduate Collaborative Program, University of Toronto, 2004-2006

Coordinator, Social Justice Cluster, University of Toronto, 2004-2006

FSW representative, Academic Initiative Fund Working Group, Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives, University of Toronto, 2004–2005

FSW representative, Academic Initiative Fund Working Group, Centre for Diaspora and Transnationalism Studies, University of Toronto, 2004-2005

Women's Leadership Institute Committee, Fall 2003-Present

Women's Leadership Institute/ Women's Studies Search Committee, Spring 2002

Chair Ethnic Studies Search Committee, Spring 2002

Chair, Ethnic Studies Department, Fall 2000-Spring 2003

Faculty Marshall, 2001-2002

Irvine Grant Committee, Spring 2002-Present

Women of Color Resource Center, Faculty Advisor, Fall 2000-Present

Organizing Mills, Faculty Advisor, Fall 2000-Present

African Diaspora Dance Exchange Faculty Advisor, Spring 2000-Present

Black Women's Collective Faculty Advisor, Fall 1998 - present.

Letters Division Representative, Faculty Executive, Spring 2000-Fall 2001

Letters Division Representative, Educational Policy Subcommittee, Spring 2000-Fall 2001

Chair, Ethnic Studies Faculty Search, Spring 2000

Women's Studies Program Committee, Fall 1998-Present

Public Service

Interview for "Prison Break: California Rethinks the Criminal Justice System," KQED television, Friday, August 24, 2012. http://www.californiareport.org/specialcoverage/prisons/

Interview for Oaklandlocal.com, "Racially-diverse Oakland remains challenging for transracial adoptees," December 15, 2011.

Interview for thegrio.com, "Home birthing helps black women connect with African roots," December 29, 2011.

Co-founder, Black Women Birthing Justice, 2011.

Board member, Justice Now, 2008

Board member, Adopted and Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora

Interview on KPFA Women’s Magazine, Outsiders Within, November 6, 2006

Interview on KPFA Against the Grain, The Color of Violence, December 6, 2006

Prisoner Justice Action Committee, Toronto, founder and member, 2004-2006

Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order, Editorial Board member, 2002-2003

Arizona Prison Moratorium Coalition member, 2002-2003

Interview on Univision TV on prisons, January 2003.

Interview on KXCI Radio, Arizona on immigration and prisons, December 2002

Incite!: Women of Color Against Violence, National Planning Committee Member, 2002-2003

Women of Color Resource Center working group on Gender and Militarism, 2002-2003

Critical Resistance, National Board Member, 2001-Present

Prison Activist Resource Center, Board Member, 2001-Present

Convening panels for Committed To Conscience, San Francisco, November 16-19, 2000

Convening panel for ICOPA XI International Conference on Prison Abolition, Toronto, May 2000

Interview on "Wench Radio", on women's prisons, Toronto, November 15, 1999

POWA! [Power of Women Activists] planning group, Toronto, Fall 1999

"Other Kinds of Dreams", Book Reading, Mama Bears Feminist Bookstore, Oakland, April 28, 1998

Organizing Committee member, Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex, 1999

Interview with "Independent on Sunday" newspaper, London, England on multiracial identity, 1999

Interview with "Bay Area Weekly", on the prison industrial complex, 1999

Accompanied UC Berkeley students on Summer International Program in Zimbabwe, July 9-August 7, 1998

Interview on 'The Afternoon Shift', BBC Radio 3, on transracial adoption, July 30, 1997

Member, Multi-racial Alternatives Project, Department of Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley, 1997

Founder member, Bay Area Transracial Adoptee Association, Oakland, 1996

Member, Association of Transracially Adopted People, London, England, 1996

Board member, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Britain, 1995

Trustee, Black Health Foundation, a foundation dedicated improving public health for minorities, 1995

Founder member, National Black Alliance, 1994

Executive member, Urban Forum, a national policy development unit on urban issues, 1994

Chairperson, CAHAN, a support and advocacy project for victims of race hate crimes, 1993

Director, Local Initiatives Foundation for Training, Coventry, 1991

Board member, Voluntary Organisations Liaison Council for Under 5s, 1990

Coordinator, South African Bursary Scheme, Clare College, Cambridge University, 1989

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Professional Membership

American Sociological Association

American Studies Association

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Honors & Awards

Black Women and the Racial Politics of Childbirth, Faculty Presidential Research Grant, 2011–12.

Black Women and the Racial Politics of Childbirth, Quigley Summer Research Award 2011.

Sarlo Award, 2009-2010

Eugene E. Trefethen Chair, 2008-2009

Mary S. Metz Professorship for excellence in teaching, 2007-2008

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant, “Women of Colour, Aboriginal Women and Social Change” 2005

SSHRC Multicultural Grant, “African Canadian Women, Intergenerational Relations and Social Change”, 2005

Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, Equity and Diversity, University of Toronto, 2004-2006

Academic Initiative Fund, Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives, University of Toronto, 2005

Association of American University Women Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2002-2003

Rockefeller Humanities Residency Fellowship, University of Arizona, Tucson, 2002-2003

Gaea Foundation Summer Residency, 2002

Flora Foundation Grant, 2001-2002

Mills College Course Development Grant

Mills College Faculty Travel Award, 2001-2002, 2000-2001, 1998-1999

Irvine Multicultural Development Grant 2000-2001

Mills College Faculty Research Grant, 2000-2001, 1998-1999

Irvine Multicultural Development Grant, 1998-1999

Vanguard Public Foundation Grant 1998-1999

Meg Quigley Award, Women's Studies Program, Mills College, Summer 2002, 1999, 1998

European Economic and Social Research Council, Research Studentship Competition, 1993-1997

Cambridge University, Travel Grant, Summer 1988

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Teaching and Mentoring

2006-Present, Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Mills College

2001-2006, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Mills College

1998-2001, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Mills College

1998 Lecturer, Department of Women's Studies, U.C.Berkeley.

1998 Lecturer, Department of Community Studies, U.C. Santa Cruz.

1997-98 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Mills College.

1997 Lecturer, Department of Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley.

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Conferences Organized

Seminar Series

Critical Resistance 3rd Annual Film Festival, Berkeley and San Francisco, November 16, 2001

Organizing Against War and Racism Seminar, Mills College, September 21, 2001

"Black Women in Film" Series, Mills College, Spring 2001.

Critical Resistance Film Festival, University of California at Santa Cruz, January 25-27, 2001.

Organized and chaired panels for Committing To Conscience, San Francisco, November 16-19, 2000.

Organized and chaired workshop for ICOPA XI International Conference on Prison Abolition, Toronto, May 2000.

'Dialogues in Diaspora Seminar Series', Sponsored by Irvine Multicultural Enhancement Program, Mills College, Spring 1999.

Conferences

Activist Scholarship: Radicalizing Academia in an Era of Fear, University of Toronto, October 27-29, 2005.

Global Women’s Strategies for the 21st Century, Sarah Lawrence College, September 10-13, 2005.

Making the Political Appear: Black Queer Histories of Organizing, University of Toronto, March 21, 2005.

Decolonizing Ourselves, Building Alliances: An Aboriginal-Black Dialogue, Faculty of Social Work and OISE, University of Toronto, March 18, 2005.

The Color of Violence III, Tremé Community Center, New Orleans, March 11-13, 2005.

Prisoner Justice Film Festival, University of Toronto and Prisoner Justice Action Committee, January 20-23, 2005.

Social Justice Responses to Racial Profiling, Faculty of Social Work, December 6, 2004.

Activist Scholarship Speaker Series, Social Justice Cluster, University of Toronto, 2004-05.

Breaking the Chains, Black History Month Series, Mills College, February 2004.

Mills College Delegation to World Social Forum, Mumbai, India, January 16-21, 2004.

Sex, Race and Globalization: Mapping Insurgencies, University of Arizona, April 2003.

Incite!: Women of Color Against Violence Delegation to the World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 23-28, 2003.

Black Women: Historians of the Margins Speaker Series, Mills College, February 2002.

Sex, Race and Globalization: Mapping Insurgencies, University of Arizona, April 2003.

Incite!: Women of Color Against Violence Delegation to the World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 23-28, 2003.

Black Women: Historians of the Margins Speaker Series, Mills College, February 2002.

Mills College Women of Color Resource Center Delegation to UN World Conference Against Racism, Durban, South Africa, Aug/ Sep 2001.

"The Other Death Penalty: Medical Neglect and AIDS in Women's Prisons"; "Racism and the Prison Industrial Complex" and "The Death Penalty and the Prison Industrial Complex", Committing to Conscience, American Friends Service Committee, San Francisco, November 16-19, 2000.

"Empowerment Through Music", a series of performances at FCI Dublin prison and San Francisco County Jail by Mills students and musicians, Spring 1999.

Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex, University of California, Berkeley, September 25-27, 1998.

'A Night with Faith Nolan', with special guests Toi Derricotte and Angela Y. Davis, Mills Concert Hall, in partnership with the Women's Studies Program, Alumnae Diversity Committee and Black Women's Collective. September 23, 1998.

Critical Resistance Film Festival and "Visions Beyond Lockdown: Cultural Performances" University of California, Berkeley, September 20-27, 1998.

'The Future of the Black Voluntary Sector', London, November 29, 1995.

'National Network of Black Women's Organisations', Leeds, London and Nottingham, 1995.

'Winners or Losers?: National Lottery Funding and the Black Voluntary Sector', Nottingham, January 20, 1995.

'Fundraising and Charity: Dealing with Black Reality', London, June 28, 1994.

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