The final CARE panel of the 2018-2019 academic year will focus on the ethical questions and challenges surrounding the appropriate role of the researcher. Is it ever permissible for researchers to serve as advocates with respect to the questions they study? Is it ever obligatory for researchers to engage in such advocacy work?
Our external panelist is LaKisha Simmons. Professor Simmons is is the author of Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans (UNC Press, 2015), which won the SAWH Julia Cherry Spruill Prize for best book in southern women's history and received Honorable Mention for the ABWH Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Award for the best book in African American women's history.
Simmons has written about black girlhood and historical method in the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, about black college students and sexual cultures in the 1930s for Gender & History, on southern black girl writers in Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, and is working on an article on the ways in which Beyoncé's Lemonade remembers Louisiana's sugar plantations. She is also the co-organizer and co-creator of the Global History of Black Girlhood Conference, which first convened at UVA in 2017.