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  • Cheryl Hicks, Associate Professor, Africana Studies & History in the History Department at the University of Delaware

    Associate Professor, Africana Studies & History
    University of Delaware
    432 Ewing Hall
    Newark, DE 19716



    B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., Princeton University

    Research Interests

    ​Late nineteenth and twentieth-century African American and American history. Urban, gender, and civil rights history.



    Talk With You Like a Woman: African American Women, Justice, and Reform in New York, 1890-1935 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

    Refereed Articles:

    "Hannah Elias Talks Freely: Interracial Sex and Black Female Subjectivity in Turn-of-the-Century New York City," in Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital, edited by Adrienne D. Davis and the BSE Collective (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2019), 59-72.

    Guest Co-editor (with Kali N. Gross), Special Issue “Gendering the Carceral State: African American Women, History, and Criminal Justice” in The Journal of African American History (Summer 2015).

    “Mabel Hampton in Harlem: Regulating Black Women’s Sexuality in the 1920s,” in Women’s America: Refocusing the Past, editors Linda K. Kerber, Jane Sherron De Hart, Cornelia H. Dayton and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Eighth edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016) condensed and revised version of chapter 7 from Talk With You Like A Woman for a Women’s History textbook.

    “`Bright and Good Looking Colored Girl’: Black Women’s Sexuality and “Harmful Intimacy” in Early Twentieth-Century New York,” in The Punitive Turn: Race, Prisons, Justice and Inequality, eds. Deborah E. McDowell, Claudrena N. Harold, and Juan Battle (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013): 73-107.

    “`Bright and Good Looking Colored Girl’: Black Women’s Sexuality and “Harmful Intimacy” in Early Twentieth-Century New York,” in special issue of the Journal of the History of Sexuality,” Vol. 18, No. 3 (September 2009): 418-456.

    2010 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Article Prize, Association of Black Women Historians

    “`In Danger of Becoming Morally Depraved’: Single Black Women, Working-Class Black Families, and New York State’s Wayward Minor Law, 1915-1935,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 151, No. 6 (June 2003): 2077-2121.





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