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Brittney Yancy

Brittney Yancy

Assistant Professor, Goodwin University

Brittney Yancy is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Goodwin University. Professor Yancy’s research focuses on 20th Century US social movements, urban radicalism, critical race theory, women’s activism, and black women’s political and intellectual history. Her publications include a book chapter in Latino America: State-By-State (Greenwood Press, 2008), entries in the Encyclopedia for African American History (Oxford University Press, 2009) and entries in The World of Jim Crow Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2019). In addition, she has published a book review of Forging Freedoms: Black and The Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston by Amita Myers in the Southern Historian Journal (2013). Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library Grant, Andrew W. Mellow Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and National Council of Black Studies. Her honors include being selected as one for the UCONN Women of Color Award, 2017, 100 Women of Color in Hartford, and a host of awards from the National Council of Black Studies and the University of Connecticut. She belongs to several professional organizations, including American Historians Association, National Council of Black Studies and the Association for the Study of African American History and Culture.

Professor Yancy is an intersectional scholar-activist and committed to fighting for gender equity and racial justice. In 2018, she was appointed as the Greater Hartford Ambassador to the United State of Women (USOW), and currently working across the state for full gender equality. In addition to USOW, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., entering 18 years of service. Professor Yancy holds a B.A. in History from Hampton University, and in 2020, she will complete her doctoral degree in History from the University of Connecticut.