Who We Are

Meet the women behind BWSA.

Who We Are


Nneka D. Dennie, co-founder

Dr. Nneka D. Dennie is a black feminist scholar with specializations in nineteenth- and twentieth-century African-American history. Her research examines black intellectual history, black feminist thought, transnational feminism, and black radicalism. Dr. Dennie is currently a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Davidson College. In Fall 2020, she will join the faculty at Washington and Lee University as an Assistant Professor of History. Dr. Dennie earned her PhD in African American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst). She holds a graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from UMass Amherst and completed her B.A. in Political Science with Honors in Africana Studies at Williams College. 

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Jacinta R. Saffold, co-founder

Dr. Jacinta R. Saffold is an Assistant Professor of Multi-ethnic Literatures of the US at the University of New Orleans. She received her B.A. in African American Studies and Educational Studies from Emory University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in African American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her teaching and service focuses on widening access for minority students and shifting the culture in higher education to be more inclusive through the prism of African American literature and culture. She is also is working on her manuscript, Books and Beats: The Cultural Kinship of Street Lit and Hip Hop.