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Dr. Tammy Owens, assistant professor of Diasporic Youth Cultures and Ethnic Studies at Hampshire College, earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Alabama. Owens holds a bachelors of social work from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Owens' research focuses on the ways black girls and women use fiction and personal narratives as creative sites to theorize their own transitions from girlhood to womanhood and challenge dominant narratives of American childhood. Owens' work has been published in the Journal of History of Childhood and Youth. Her co-authored essay, "Towards an Interdisciplinary Field of Black Girlhood Studies," is forthcoming this fall 2017 in the Departures in Critical Qualitative Research journal. Her teaching interests include children and youth of color histories, youth activism and education, Black Feminism, Queer of Color Theories, and African American Children's and Young Adult Literature. Owens is a trained social worker. Her practice primarily focuses on youth of color experiencing homelessness.
Dr. Tara Bynum, assistant professor of African American literature and culture at Hampshire College, received an A.B. from Barnard College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from Johns Hopkins University. She teaches African American literature courses that seek after the many ways that people experience blackness as a racial identity, as a cultural category, or as a mark upon the skin. At a time when social media responds to the deaths of unnamed black men and women with #blacklivesmatter, her courses question: what makes life matter, what literature is, and what race or culture means, historically and at present. These questions find their way into her book project, Reading Pleasures, which examines the ways in which eighteenth-century enslaved and/or free men and women feel good or experience pleasure in spite of the privations of slavery, "unfreedom," or white supremacy. Her research and writing have received generous financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Antiquarian Society, Library Company of Philadelphia, Rutgers University, University of Pennsylvania's McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and College of Charleston. Her essays have appeared in Common-Place, Legacy, J19, Criticism, and American Periodicals.
Hampshire College offers a variety of summer academic programs designed to reflect our academic philosophy by linking critical engagement to experience-based education.