Cheryl D. Hicks is an associate professor of Africana Studies and
History at the University of Delaware. Her research addresses the
intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and the law. She
specializes in late nineteenth and twentieth-century African American
and American history as well as urban, gender, and civil rights history.
Hicks is the author of Talk With You Like a Woman: African American Women, Justice, and Reform in New York, 1890-1935
(2010), a book that illuminates the voices and viewpoints of black
working-class women, especially southern migrants, who were the subjects
of urban and penal reform in early-twentieth-century New York. The book
won the 2011 Letitia Woods Brown Book Award from the Association of
Black Women Historians and honorable mentions from the Organization of
American Historians’ Darlene Clark Hine Award and the American Studies
Association’s John Hope Franklin Prize. She has published in The Journal of African American History, The University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Journal of the History of Sexuality.
Her current project focuses on the shifting meanings of sexuality,
criminality, and black civil rights struggles in Gilded Age and