Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans is Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies, Africana Women's Studies, and History (AWH) at Clark Atlanta University.  Her research interest in "creative survival" includes work on health, education, religion, and music. She is author of two books: Black Passports: Travel Memoirs as a Tool for Youth Empowerment (2014) and Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954: An Intellectual History (2007) as well as lead co-editor of three books, Black Women and Social Justice Education (SUNY, 2019), Black Women's Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability (SUNY Press, 2017), African Americans and Community Engagement in Higher Education (2009). She has several projects in progress, including Chair at the Table: Black Women Department Chairs on Academic Service, Leadership, and Balance as well as Black Women's Music Therapy: Theory, Practice, and Professions (in progress).  Returning to her youth musical theater background, Evans is also working on a book about and mental health in Black women's music memoirs. Her feminist-womanist work defines literary mentoring and her work on inner peace and healing are practical outgrowths of her research on Dr. Anna Julia Cooper's human rights legacy.

In 2015, Dr. Evans edited Phylon: Review of Race and Culture, reviving the journal founded by W. E. B. Du Bois at Clark Atlanta University. She also has co-edited Africana Studies at the Graduate Level: A Twenty-first Century Perspective, a special issue of the Western Journal of Black Studies and published in journals including Peace Studies JournalFrontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study AbroadFeminist TeacherFlorida Historical Quarterly, and African American Research Perspectives. In addition to traditional publications, Evans curates several of her own websites for various digital humanities projects, including CAUDuBoisLegacy.net, AfricanaMemoirs.net, and BlackWomensInnerPeace.net.

Prior to CAU, Dr. Evans served as Director of African American Studies of Women's Studies at the University of Florida. She was awarded the UF Colonel Allan R. and Margaret G. Crow Term Professor for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2010-11. Evans has conducted research at University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center in Washington D.C. and through the University of Florida’s Paris Research Center in Paris, France. She has presented her work in many locations, from California to Cambridge, England.  

In May 2003, Stephanie Evans received her Ph.D. in African American Studies with a concentration in History and Politics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and in May 2002 earned a Master’s Degree in the same field. Also in 2002, she completed the Graduate Certificate Program in Advanced Feminist Studies. Dr. Evans's main research interest is Black women’s intellectual and educational history in the United States. In her dissertation, "Living Legacies: Black Women, Educational Philosophies, and Community Service, 1865-1965," she considered the educational ideas of four African American women educators: Fanny Jackson Coppin, Anna Julia Cooper, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Septima Clark. She has published foundational texts analyzing the past, present and future of graduate training in Africana Studies.  

While completing her dissertation, Evans worked as the Assistant Director for Youth Education Programs in the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. In the summer of 1999 she was a research intern at Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service and worked on issues of cultural identity and community service. 

In May 1999 she earned an Interdisciplinary Studies BA in Comparative Humanities--gender and cross-cultural American studies--from California State University, Long Beach. In her undergraduate work, she earned high honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude, and Outstanding Department Graduate and was a Kellogg Fellow for one year and a McNair Scholar for two years. She teaches classes on race, gender, and research methods, focusing on life writing as an intersection of literature and history. Prior classes have included community-service learning and study abroad. 

American Association of University Professors (AAUP) 

Chronicle of Higher Education (Chronicle) 

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).  

John. W. Curtis, “Persistent Inequity: Gender and Academic Employment,” AAUP.   

Evans, Stephanie Y. (2014).  Application for Promotion to Full Professor Download PDF

Stephanie Y. Evans (2007). Women of Color in American Higher Education. National Education Association’s Thought and Action.

Stephanie Y.  Evans, (2008). "Gender and Research in the African Academy 'Moving Against the Grain' in the Global Ivory Tower."  Fall, vol. 2, no. 2.

Sue Rosser (2007). Leveling the Playing Field for Women in Tenure and Promotion  in NWSA Journal, vol. 19, no. 3. See Ines Shaw’s discussion of the “13+ Club Index”: a tool for measuring the progress of faculty who are thirteen years post-degree. 

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