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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
    302-831-8054

    Biography

    Education

    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.

    Publications

    Books:

    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.

 

 

432 Ewing HallNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClass6F6F852563FA42E7BC9642B16076100E"><p>B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., Princeton University</p></div><div class="ExternalClassEEC204C8FBB8488281CBC233F1DBEC22"><p>​Late nineteenth and twentieth-century African American and American history. Urban, gender, and civil rights history.</p></div><div class="ExternalClassE3866BF2429D4135B646ED14598C7873"><p><strong>Books:</strong></p><p><em>Talk With You Like a Woman: African American Women, Justice, and Reform in </em><em>New York, 1890-1935</em> (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010).</p><p><strong>Refereed Articles:</strong></p><p>"Hannah Elias Talks Freely: Interracial Sex and Black Female Subjectivity in Turn-of-the-Century New York City," in <em>Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital</em>, edited by Adrienne D. Davis and the BSE Collective (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2019), 59-72.</p><p>Guest Co-editor (with Kali N. Gross), Special Issue “Gendering the Carceral State: African American Women, History, and Criminal Justice” in <em>The Journal of African American History (Summer 2015).</em></p><p>“Mabel Hampton in Harlem: Regulating Black Women’s Sexuality in the 1920s,” in <em>Women’s America: Refocusing </em><em>the Past</em>, editors Linda K. Kerber, Jane Sherron De Hart, Cornelia H. Dayton and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Eighth edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016) <em>condensed and revised version of chapter 7 from Talk With You Like A Woman for a Women’s History textbook.</em></p><p>“`Bright and Good Looking Colored Girl’: Black Women’s Sexuality and “Harmful Intimacy” in Early Twentieth-Century New York,” in <em>The Punitive Turn: Race, Prisons, Justice and Inequality</em>, eds. Deborah E. McDowell, Claudrena N. Harold, and Juan Battle (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013): 73-107.</p><p>“`Bright and Good Looking Colored Girl’: Black Women’s Sexuality and “Harmful Intimacy” in Early Twentieth-Century New York,” in special issue of the <em>Journal of the History of Sexuality,</em>” Vol. 18, No. 3 (September 2009): 418-456.</p><p><em>2010 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Article Prize, Association of Black Women Historians</em></p><p>“`In Danger of Becoming Morally Depraved’: Single Black Women, Working-Class Black Families, and New York State’s Wayward Minor Law, 1915-1935,” <em>University of Pennsylvania Law Review,</em> Vol. 151, No. 6 (June 2003): 2077-2121.</p></div>EducationResearch InterestsPublicationscdhicks@udel.eduHicks, Cheryl302-831-8054<img alt="Professor Cheryl Hicks" src="/Images%20Bios/faculty/hicks_cheryl.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Associate Professor, Africana Studies & Historyhttps://udapps.nss.udel.edu/CoursesSearch/search-results?&search_type=A&course_sec=afra&session=All&course_title=&instr_name=hicks&text_info=All&instrtn_mode=All&time_start_hh=&time_start_ampm=&credit=Any&keyword=&geneduc=&subj_area_code=&college

 

 

Talk With You Like a Woman: African American Women, Justice, and Reform in New York, 1890-1935Hicks, CherylChapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press2010https://www.uncpress.org/book/9780807871621/talk-with-you-like-a-woman/<p><strong>Awards & Distinctions</strong></p><p>2011 Letitia Woods Brown Book Award, Association of Black Women Historians</p><p>Honorable Mention, 2011 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, American Studies Association</p><p>Honorable Mention, 2011 Darlene Clark Hine Award, Organization of American Historians</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>With this book, Cheryl Hicks brings to light the voices and viewpoints of black working-class women, especially southern migrants, who were the subjects of urban and penal reform in early-twentieth-century New York. Hicks compares the ideals of racial uplift and reform programs of middle-class white and black activists to the experiences and perspectives of those whom they sought to protect and, often, control. </p><p>In need of support as they navigated the discriminatory labor and housing markets and contended with poverty, maternity, and domestic violence, black women instead found themselves subject to hostility from black leaders, urban reformers, and the police. Still, these black working-class women struggled to uphold their own standards of respectable womanhood. Through their actions as well as their words, they challenged prevailing views regarding black women and morality in urban America. Drawing on extensive archival research, Hicks explores the complexities of black working-class women's lives and illuminates the impact of racism and sexism on early-twentieth-century urban reform and criminal justice initiatives.</p>

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