LaKisha Simmons, Ph. D.
Office: Clemens 1023
Telephone:  716-645-0789
Email: lakishas@buffalo.edu


Ph.D. in Joint Program in History & Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, 2009

BA in History & Women’s Studies, University of Virginia, 2003

Areas of Specialization:

African American Gender History
Black Gender Studies
Childhood Studies
Cultural Geography
20th Century US History
History of Sexuality/ History of the Body
Feminist Theory

Recent Publications:


Within the Double Bind: Black Girlhood and Subjectivity in Jim Crow New Orleans, 1930-1954 (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming)


Simmons, LaKisha Michelle. “’To Lay Aside All Morals:’ Respectability, Sexuality and Black College Students in the 1930s.” Gender & History, 24, no. 2 (2012): 431-455.

Simmons, LaKisha Michelle. “‘Justice Mocked’: Silence, Violence and Accountability in New Orleans.” American Quarterly 61, no. 3 (2009): 477-498.

Current Research Projects:

Black Women and Reproductive Health in the American South, 1880-1950 (Research project in-progress).

The Local and the Global in Western New York (Research project in-progress)

Frequently Taught Courses:


Introduction to Women’s Studies
Black Women in the Diaspora
African American Gender History


Interdisciplinary Methods
Race, Gender & the Body
Race & the History of Sexuality

Awards and Grants:

Fellow, Center for the Study of the American South, UNC Chapel Hill, 2011-2012
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Davidson College, 2009-2011
Rackham Predoctoral Dissertation Fellow, University of Michigan, 2008-2009
John Hope Franklin Collection Research Grant, Duke University, March 2007
Institute for Research on Women and Gender Research Grant
University of Michigan, January 2007
Caucus Student Essay Award, National Women’s Studies Association, for
“Defending Her Honor: Black Girlhood and Interracial Sexual Violence
during late Jim Crow South, 1930s-1940s” Oakland, CA, June 2006

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