Podcaster and professor Karen Tongson chats about music and its relationship to place, the migratory and melodic flows between Manila and Los Angeles, how the Spice Girls can help us understand Adorno and Horkheimer, and the queer and transnational inspiration that Karen draws from her namesake, Karen Carpenter.Continue Reading
Julia is a coach in the Grad School Rockstars mentorship community, where she helps interdisciplinary graduate students navigate self care, teaching, and writing routines while building strong professional communities.
Julia is also a professor of Public and Community Service and director of the Black Studies Program at Providence College (RI). Her interdisciplinary research focuses on African American women and public policy.
She is the author of the book Black Women, Cultural Images and Social Policy, and numerous articles including “Blogging at the Intersections: Black Women, Identity, and Lesbianism,” “The Female Bogeyman: Political Implications of Criminalizing Black Women,” and “Let Men be Men: A Gendered Analysis of Black Ideological Response to Familial Policies.”
Julia strives to bring intersectionality to a wider audience via her blog Sapphire Unbound, which explores the lived realities of Black women and challenges the invisibility of Black women in policy and politics.
Her recent paper “Black Girlhood and “The Help”: Constructing Black Girlhood in a “Post” Racial, Gender, and Welfare State” was the 2013 winner of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists’ Rodney Higgins Best Faculty Paper Award. She was also recently award the Accinno Teaching Award from Providence College (2016–2017).
Julia received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, her MA in Economics from the University of Connecticut, and her BA in Economics from Brooklyn College.