Council on Anthropology and Education
Oral Presentation Session
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an interdisciplinary framework that challenges dominant ideologies, privileges the experiences of non-white communities and acknowledges the permanence of racism and the existence of oppressive systemic structures (Delgado & Stefancic, 2012; Solórzano, 1997). CRT has been foundational in enabling me to describe and unpack the challenges I have faced as a Black women. Using this framework coupled with the research methodology of autoethnography (Savin-Baden & Major, 2013) this paper provides an autobiographical narrative that explores my lived experiences growing up as child in the “south” during the era of forced school de-segregation, then moving through educational fields and careers starting with the coveted STEM fields of engineering and mathematics and to my current space navigating the academy as an associate professor in the social sciences. This nonlinear path through spaces that privilege whiteness would act as a catalyst for my engagement in counter hegemonic acts of resistance (Solórzano, 1997) and my development as an activist and a scholar who affirms blackness in variegated spaces.