Secondary & Middle Grades Education

New Publications from Dr. Jillian Ford


Dr. Jillian Ford, Associate Professor of Educational Equity Studies in the Department of Secondary & Middle Grades Education, has two new publications available.  

The first publication is part of a collection of works from scholars who focus on using an intersectional lens to examine yoga as both a complex phenomenon and politic of the body.  Dr. Ford's chapter is entitled "'I'm Feelin' It': Embodied Spiritual Activism as a Vehicle for my Queer Black Liberation".  The book, Yoga, The Body, and Embodied Social Change, is available at online and major book retailers.  A full citation for the book can be found below.

Berila, B., In Klein, M., & In Roberts, C. J. (Eds.). (2016). Yoga, the body, and embodied social change: An intersectional feminist analysis. Lanham: Lexington Books.

Dr. Ford's second publication entitled "'Very simple. I just don't lie': The role of honesty in Black lesbian K-12 teachers' experiences in the U.S. Southeast" was recently published in the Journal of Lesbian Studies.  The DOI link and abstract for the article can be found below.


Abstract:  I conducted semi-structured interviews with eight self-identified Black lesbian classroom teachers. Seven participants taught in three districts in the same large metropolitan area in the U.S. Southeast; one participant taught in a smaller city in a bordering state. In response to the vague prompt to describe the intersections between their sexuality and their schooling experiences as a teacher, every participant spoke explicitly about her unwillingness to lie about her sexuality if asked. In this article, I argue that honesty is a critical component of Black women’s experiences, the necessity of which can be tied to womanism.

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