Undervalued: The HBCU Black Woman Professor and the U.S. Academic Prestige Hierarchy

A talk entitled 'Undervalued: The HBCU Black Woman Professor and the U.S. Academic Prestige Hierarchy' presented by: Tiffany R. Holloman, School of Sociology and Social Policy.

Abstract: My research examines Black women professors who are current faculty members of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States.  Specifically, I analyse their historic position within the academic prestige hierarchy from the birth of the HBCUs to the present.  Using Black Feminist and media theory, the HBCU Black woman professors’ existence has illuminated exclusionary measures used by differing groups to relegate, not only these women professors but, the colleges & universities in which they are housed; helping to cement predominately white institutions’ position within U.S. higher education and the academic prestige hierarchy.  The narrative of the HBCU Black women professors and the ‘Ivory Tower’ creates a new seam in research, challenging the value of the academic prestige hierarchy within society.

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Location Details

Room 12.21 and 12.25
Social Sciences Building 
University of Leeds

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