Stephanie Y. Evans

Professor and Director

25 Park Place, Room 2205

Core faculty, Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2003

Dr. Evans was appointed Professor and Director of the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality in 2019. She holds a Ph.D. in Afro-American Studies, with a concentration in History and Politics and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Evans has accrued much experience as faculty and administration at several institutions. After eight years as a faculty member in Women’s Studies and African American Studies (and one year as Director of AAS) at the University of Florida, in 2011, Dr. Evans joined the Department of African American Studies, Africana Women’s Studies, and History at Clark Atlanta University, where she served as Department Chair from 2011-2019.

Professor Evans’ areas of research specialization include Black women’s intellectual history, mental health and wellness; social justice and empowerment education; African American autobiography and memoir; research methods in African American history and digital humanities; community engagement, service learning, and community-based research; and sexual violence prevention and survivor advocacy. Her current research explores Black women’s historical wellness, specifically investigating themes of inner peace, self-worth and self-care practice, stress management methods, and healing traditions in elder memoirs.

In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, Dr. Evans is the author of Black Passports: Travel Memoirs as a Tool for Youth Empowerment (SUNY Press, 2014) and Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954 (SUNY Press, 2007). She has also recently co-edited Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons (SUNY Press, 2019) and Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability (SUNY Press, 2017).

Fields of Study

Black women’s studies; intellectual history; memoir; mental health and wellness; social justice education

Online Research Profile

Courses Taught

Black Women’s Wellness (Special Topics)

Black Women’s Memoir and Intellectual History (Special Topics)

Thinking the Body

Black Feminist Thought

Gender and Sexuality in the African Diaspora



Evans, Stephanie Y. (under contract, SUNY Press, expected 2020) Black Women’s Historical Wellness: Mental Health in Elder Memoirs. (In progress)

Evans, Stephanie Y. (2014) Black Passports: Travel Memoirs as a Tool for Youth Empowerment. New York: SUNY Press

Evans, Stephanie Y. (2007) Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954: An Intellectual History. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.



Evans, Stephanie Y. and the Black Women’s Public Health Collective. Black Women’s Public Health: Regenerative History, Practice, and Planning. Under contract SUNY Press, 2020 release.

Evans, Stephanie Y. Andrea D. Domingue, and Tania D. Mitchell. Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons. SUNY Press, March 2019.

Evans, Stephanie Y. Kanika Bell, and Nsenga Burton. Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability. SUNY Press, July 2017.

Evans, Stephanie Y. Colette Taylor, Michelle Dunlap, and DeMond Miller (Eds.). (2009) African Americans and Community Engagement (AACE). New York: SUNY Press.

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

Edited Journals/Chapters

Evans, Stephanie Y. The Black Women’s Studies Booklist: Emergent Themes in Critical Race and Gender Research, A Thousand Points of Praxis and Transformation.

Rachel Patton and Evans, Stephanie Y., Eds. (2017). Race and Yoga: Sassin’ Through Sadhana. U. C. Berkeley eScholarsip. vol. 2, no 1.

Terry, Courtney, Regina Bradley, and Stephanie Y. Evans, Eds. (2017). Phylon: The Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture. Special Volume. “Hip Hop Culture and Rap Music Aesthetics in the Post-Civil Rights South.” vol. 52, no 2, Winter.

Evans, Stephanie Y., Ed. (2014). Phylon: The Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture. “W. E. B. Du Bois Legacy Project.” vol. 51, no 1, Fall.

Mark Christian and Evans, Stephanie Y. Eds. (2010). “Africana Studies at the Graduate Level: A TwentyFirst Century Perspective.” The Western Journal of Black Studies, special edition. Vol. 34, no. 2, summer.

Journal Articles

Evans, Stephanie Y. (forthcoming). Invited chapter, “Letters to Our Daughters: Mapping Black Women’s Global Memoirs as Epistles of Human Rights.” In The Black Intellectual Tradition in the United States in the Twentieth Century. Eds. Cornelius L. Bynum and Derrick P. Alridge.

Evans, Stephanie Y. (2014) “Healing Traditions in Black Women’s Writing: Resources for Poetry Therapy.” Journal of Poetry Therapy. July 2014, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 96-125.

Evans, Stephanie Y. (2014) “Inner Lions: Definitions of Peace in Black Women’s Memoirs, A Strengthbased Model for Mental Health.” Peace Studies Journal. vol. 7, no. 2 July, pp. 1-30.

Evans, Stephanie Y. (2009) “African American Women and International Research: Dr. Anna Julia Cooper’s Legacy of Study Abroad.” Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. vol. 18, fall, pp. 77-100.

Evans, Stephanie Y. (2009) “Learners and Teachers of Men.” A Historical View of the Participation and Contributions of Black American Males in Higher Education” in Henry T. Frierson, Willie Pearson Jr., James H. Wyche. (Eds). The Diminishing Representation of Black American Male in Higher Education: A Critical Need for Reversals. Emerald Press. pp. 31-66.

Evans, Stephanie Y. (2008) “Gender Research and the African Academy: ‘Moving Against the Grain’ in the Global Ivory Tower.” Black Women, Gender, & Families. vol. 2, No. 2. pp. 31-52.

Evans, Stephanie Y. (2008) “The Vision of Virtuous Women: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Founding Twenty Pearls.” Book chapter, Black Fraternities and Sororities in the 21st Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun. Gregory S. Parks, Editor. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 41-66.

Evans, Stephanie Y. (2008) “Mary McLeod Bethune’s Research Agenda: Thought Translated to Work.” African American Research Perspectives. vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 22-39.

Evans, Stephanie Y. (2007) “Women of Color in American Higher Education.” Thought & Action. Fall, vol. 23, pp. 131-38.

Evans, Stephanie Y. (2006)”I Was One of the First to See Daylight”: Black Women at Predominantly White Colleges and Universities in Florida since 1959. Florida Historical Quarterly. vol. 85, no. 1, pp. 42- 63.

Evans, Stephanie Y. (2006) “This Right to Grow”: African American Women’s Intellectual Legacy.” International Humanities Journal. vol. 3, no. 7, pp. 163-74.

Evans, Stephanie Y. (2006)”The State and Future of the Ph.D. in Black Studies: Assessing the Role of the Comprehensive Examination.” Griot: Southern Conference on African American Studies. Spring, May 2006. vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 1-16.

Evans, Stephanie Y. (2006) “Major Service: Combining Students’ Academic Disciplines with Community Service-Learning in an Introductory Women’s Studies Course.” Feminist Teacher. vol. 17, no.1, pp. 1-14.

Editorial Board Memberships and Book Series Editor

  • Journal of African American History
  • Black Women’s Wellness, SUNY Press

Professional Memberships

  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
  • Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH)
  • National Women’s Studies Associaiton (NWSA)