Research

 

"Our African Diaspora" www.synthiasaintjames.com

“Our African Diaspora”
www.synthiasaintjames.com

As a scholar of U.S. history with specializations in African American history, the Modern African Diaspora, and Women’s and Gender Studies, my research, scholarship, and teaching are interdisciplinary, intersectional, and transnational. My work engages a range of disciplines, methodologies, and analytical frameworks; interrogates how race and ethnicity intersect with other categories including gender, class, and nationality; and emphasizes the centrality of the African Diaspora. My current research project uncovers and privileges the voices of black radical women during the twentieth century who openly challenged global white supremacy, and advocated revolutionary social changes in order to secure a more just and equal society. The nature of black nationalist women’s political theory and praxis depicts the range of protest strategies and tactics individuals have employed to resist domination, degradation, and exploitation. Excavating these women’s stories enriches our understanding of how black women, particularly members of the working poor and individuals with limited formal education, have functioned as key leaders, theorists, and strategists, and have used their writings and political activism to help transform American society and improve conditions for people of color across the globe.