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Black Women, Academe, and the Tenure Process in the United States and the Caribbean


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Talia Esnard, Deirdre Cobb-Roberts
    Pages 1-46
  3. Talia Esnard, Deirdre Cobb-Roberts
    Pages 47-65
  4. Talia Esnard, Deirdre Cobb-Roberts
    Pages 67-98
  5. Talia Esnard, Deirdre Cobb-Roberts
    Pages 99-133
  6. Talia Esnard, Deirdre Cobb-Roberts
    Pages 135-154
  7. Talia Esnard, Deirdre Cobb-Roberts
    Pages 155-213
  8. Talia Esnard, Deirdre Cobb-Roberts
    Pages 215-279
  9. Talia Esnard, Deirdre Cobb-Roberts
    Pages 281-363
  10. Talia Esnard, Deirdre Cobb-Roberts
    Pages 365-456
  11. Talia Esnard, Deirdre Cobb-Roberts
    Pages 457-509
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 511-520

About this book


This book explores the meanings, experiences, and challenges faced by Black women faculty that are either on the tenure track or have earned tenure. The authors advance the notion of comparative intersectionality to tease through the contextual peculiarities and commonalities that define their identities as Black women and their experiences with tenure and promotion across the two geographical spaces. By so doing, it works through a comparative treatment of existing social (in)equalities, educational (dis)parities, and (in)justices in the promotion and retention of Black women academics. Such interpretative examinations offer important insights into how Black women’s subjugated knowledge and experiences continue to be suppressed within mainstream structures of power and how they are negotiated across contexts.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of the West IndiesSt. AugustineTrinidad and Tobago
  2. 2.University of South FloridaTampaUSA

About the authors

Talia Esnard is Lecturer in the Department of Behavioural Sciences at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus, Trinidad and Tobago.

Deirdre Cobb-Roberts is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies at the University of South Florida, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Black Women, Academe, and the Tenure Process in the United States and the Caribbean
  • Authors Talia Esnard
    Deirdre Cobb-Roberts
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-89685-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07831-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-89686-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 520
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
    Gender and Education
    Assessment, Testing and Evaluation
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“This amazingly relevant study offers a significant advance to a number of existing research fields, among them, Caribbean Migration Studies, Black Women's Studies, Race and Higher Education, and Critical Race Studies. It presents an impressive articulation and theorizing of ‘comparative intersectionality’ using qualitative methodologies, which gives the authors the means to engage a subject often not discussed in relational and situated terms, bringing the Afro-Caribbean and African American experiences to the forefront for close study.  This allows the reader to understand the individualized dramas that Black women academics describe and the larger racialized gender patterns we live every day.” (Carole Boyce Davies, Professor of English and Africana Studies, Cornell University, USA)“This work explores the complexities of the professional and personal lives of Black women in academe in the Caribbean and the United States. Their comparative intersectional approach centers Black women’s lived experiences, resulting in a new analysis of historical and contemporary scholarship, new comparative research, and new approaches to understanding how to support these women in their academic journeys toward tenure and beyond.” (Tamara Bertrand Jones, Associate Professor of Higher Education, Florida State University, USA)