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 a Mellon ACLS Public Fellow and spearheads initiatives related to diversity, equity, and student success. 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. Dr. Saffold is working on her manuscript, Books and Beats: The Cultural Kinship of Street Lit and Hip Hop. 

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Lindsey Jarrell, assistant

Lindsey Jarrell is a fourth year scholar at Davidson College, where she is a degree candidate for Africana Studies and Political Science. She has been the recipient of the Lewis E. Turner Jr. Scholarship, Alumni Grant, and Kemp Scholars Program. She is interested in a transnational gendered consideration of Black radical movements. She recently submitted her major paper in Political Science entitled Choice Criminalization: America’s Opioid Crisis and Prosecutorial Prejudice. She will shortly begin her senior thesis in Africana Studies on Black Southern Women's Reproductive Justice.