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 English at the University of New Orleans. She received her Ph.D. from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with certificates in African Diaspora Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Dr. Saffold’s research interests coalesce around 20th and 21st century African American literature, Hip Hop Studies, and the Digital Humanities. She is currently working her first manuscript, Books & Beats: The Cultural Kinship of Street Lit and Hip Hop and related digital archiving projects. She also has extensive experience as a scholar-administrator with emphases on enrollment management, inclusive diversity, and student success. Ultimately, Dr. Saffold is committed to widening access for minority students and shifting the culture in higher education to be more inclusive through a prism of African American literature and culture.