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Paula Giddings:

Biographical note:

Paula Giddings, a writer, historian, and teacher, is best known for her authoritative social and political history of African-American women, When and Where I Enter (1985), and her history of the Black sorority Delta Signa Theta. A former book editor and journalist, Giddings has written extensively on political issues in both the popular press and scholarly journals. She was a United Negro Fund Distinguished Scholar at Spelman College; held the Laurie Chair in Women's

Studies at Douglass College/Rutgers University, and taught at Princeton and Duke Universities before becoming Professor of Afro-American Studies at Smith College. She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and has won awards from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. She has recently finished editing an anthology of articles on race from The Nation between 1867 and 2000, and her long-awaited biography of the anti-lynching activisit Ida B. Wells will be published in 2002. Giddings is active in PEN, the Authors Guild, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Coalition of 100 Black Women.


  • When & Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race & Sex in America. New York: William Morrow, 1984; Bantam, 1995.
  • In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta & the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement. New York: William Morrow, 1988; Quill, 1995.
  • The Reunion, reading at Judith Anderson Theater, New York City, 1991. (drama)
  • Giddings, Paula, and Cornel West. Regarding Malcolm X: A Reader. New York: Amistad, 1998.



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