1st Edition

Gifted Black Women Navigating the Doctoral Process Sister Insider

Edited By Brittany N. Anderson, Shaquinta L. Richardson Copyright 2024
    156 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Prufrock Press

    156 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Prufrock Press

    156 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Prufrock Press

    This book explores the experiences of gifted Black women doctoral graduates, featuring narratives of their challenges related to race, gender, parenthood, class, and first-generation status offering discussion on the role of community and academic support in their success.

    Delivering concrete guidance on navigating the challenges of doctoral programs, this critical text draws on endarkened epistemology, recognizing the nuanced path gifted Black women walk in the academy.

    Accessible and evocative, this collection highlights the role of academic and social sisterhood, supplying a much-needed contribution to the ongoing discussion around race, academic achievement, gender, and mental health.


    Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D.



    Brittany N. Anderson, Ph.D. and Shaquinta L. Richardson, Ph.D.

    1 Navigating the Doctoral Experience as First-Generation, Gifted Black Women: Our Path, Our Voice

    Brittany N. Anderson and Shaquinta L. Richardson

    2 MISUNRE: Navigating the Doctoral Journey as an Exceptionally Gifted Black Woman

    Jillian A. Martin, Ph.D.

    3 It Takes a Village: Cultivating Belonging, Community, and Sisterhood

    Joan Collier, Ph.D.

    4 Face Your Studies: Exploring Education, Opportunity, and Community as a First-Generation Immigrant

    Funlola G. Are, Ph.D.

    5 The Evolution of My Biracial Identity through Attending Two Predominately White Institutions

    Megan Hicks, Ph.D.

    6 All of Me: Centering Homeplace in Personal and Professional Reflections of Becoming a Blackgirl Motherscholar

    Taryrn T.C. Brown, Ph.D.

    7 Truth Be Told: Testimonies of a Black Stem Health Scholar-Wife-Mother

    Miranda Hill, Ph.D.

    8 Navigating the Doctoral Process While Experiencing Tragedy

    Elizabeth Farrah Louis, Ph.D.

    9 Imagining a New Thing through Active Disruption: Tools to Center Black Aliveness and Wholeness for Black Women in Doctoral Programs

    Shaquinta L. Richardson, Ph.D. and Brittany. N. Anderson, Ph.D.

    Afterword: Black Gifted Women Journeying—Together

    Chonika Coleman-King, Ph.D.

    About the Editors

    About the Contributors



    Brittany N. Anderson is an Assistant Professor in Urban Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K–12 Education. Her research focuses on university-school-community partnerships that support talent development and the identification of minoritized youth in urban schools.

    Shaquinta L. Richardson is an entrepreneur, consultant, and life coach for high-achieving Black women. She is a former Marriage and Family Therapist and Professor of Marriage and Family Studies. Her academic research centered on the influence of racial and gender identity on experiences of Black American women with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the family context.

    "I firmly believe that this text is destined to become a classic, of uniquely lasting value for generations to come."

    Joy Lawson Davis, Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education, US