Rachelle Winkle-Wagner

Position title: Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2018-2019)

Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, UW-Madison

Portrait image of Rachelle Winkle-Wagner wearing a purple shirt in front of a black and white decorated wall.

A History of Black Women in Higher Education from 1954-2014

During my time in the Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellowship I am finishing a book manuscript which is a historiographical project about how have Black women survived and thrived in and beyond higher education amidst formidable challenges. In the book, entitled, The Chosen We: Black Women’s Oral Histories of Self and Group Empowerment in and Beyond Higher Education, I compare oral histories from 101 Black women who were living in five metropolitan areas in the United States and who graduated college across a 60-year time period, from 1954-2014. I argue that Black women used their individual and collective identities to persevere, amidst significant racism and sexism, through and beyond higher education across multiple decades and geographic spaces.

Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is an Associate Professor in the Education Leadership and Policy Analysis department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on how students of color survive and thrive in college. She is an author or editor of six books including, The Unchosen Me: Race, Gender, and Identity Among Black Women in College (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009) and Diversity and Inclusion on Campus: Supporting Racially and Ethnically Underrepresented Students (with Angela Locks, Routledge Press, 2014). Her work also has been published in journals such as Review of Educational Research, Review of Higher Education, and The Journal of Higher Education.