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Bette J. Dickerson has served as Chair of American University’s Department of Sociology, Director of AU Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Chair of its University Diversity Committee. She is past President of the Association of Black Sociologists and recipient of its A.Wade Smith Award. She is faculty adviser for AU’s Alternative Break: South Africa and was co-principal investigator of its Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Most recently, she co-edited Intersectional Analyses of the Family for the 21st Century issue of the International Journal of Sociology of the Family, conducted research for a project on family welfare policy sponsored by Okayama Prefectural University, Japan, and on elder Black women and sexuality for the Ford Foundation’s Black and Latina/ Sexualities Project. Her research interests include public history and collective memory, the socio-historical construction of African Diasporan race/gender identities, Black feminist/womanist theories.
PhD, Sociology, Washington State University
MEd, Special Education, University of Louisville
BA, Sociology (emphasis on Social Work), Morehead State University