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Our Book's Purpose

Mainstream psychology has largely overlooked Black women’s intersectional identities and related experiences in the United States. Given the current social and political climate, understanding the experiences of Black women from a psychological perspective has become a prominent part of research and public narratives.


There is currently no one textbook in the field that provides an understanding of the sociohistorical and psychological experiences of diverse Black women. Many books lump together the experiences of Black women in the United States rather than recognizing the differences within the group. While other textbooks include an intersectionality lens, many still frame the experiences of all women from a Eurocentric perspective, and minimally discusses the Janie psychological experiences of women of color, including those of Black women.

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Psychology of Black Womanhood addresses this void via a comprehensive examination of the psychological and interdisciplinary research exploring Black women's experiences in the United States. Although firmly grounded in research literature, it is presented in a way that is easy to understand, and relevant to issues we are negotiating today. Through a lens validating intersections of Black women’s identities, Psychology of Black Womanhood benefits readers with unprecedented cultural awareness, inclusive diversity, and critical thinking content. Readers will be able to better assess fact from fiction by applying the research and relevant activities integrated and encouraged throughout the book. Whether they are or are not Black, women, or psychology majors, readers will be well informed by the Psychology of Black Womanhood book's systematic, comprehensive and well-sequenced progression of key areas of interest.


Psychology of Black Womanhood is an ideal text for courses such as Psychology of Black Women, Psychology of Women, Black Women’s Experiences, and Psychology of Women of Color, as well as interdisciplinary courses. Researchers, employers, clinicians, policy makers and book clubs interested in the experiences of Black women will also find this book to be relevant to their interests.

Features for instructors:

  • Jargon-free, accessible, everyday language covering Black women’s diverse experiences and ways of knowing.

  • Interdisciplinary and intersectional approach appealing to sociology, counseling and social work, Black and ethnic studies, women’s studies, while grounded in psychology

  • Author team that brings together established scholars from both Historically Black College/ University (HBCU)s and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).

  • Glossary of key terms

  • Suggestions for further reading

  • Career resources

  • Instructional tools for a designed course, beyond conceptualization and practicality: sample course syllabi, assignments, lecture notes, and test banks for an in-person, asynchronous online, or synchronous online courses

  • Companion website for students

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