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COEHD professor publishes book on race, gender in higher education

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Dr. Theodorea Regina Berry, associate professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, recently published a book on her experience as an African American woman in higher education.


“‘States of Grace’ is a work that examines the intersections of race and gender connected to the concept of grace,” said Berry. “This research employs auto-ethnography conceptually grounded in critical race feminism, an outgrowth of critical race theory.”


In the book, “States of Grace: Counterstories of a Black Woman in the Academy,” Berry’s pulls from her own experience as a higher education scholar and situates it within the context of grace. The book also provides insight and guidance to current and future female scholars.


“This book not only provides insights and guidance for Black women in higher education, but also to those who participate in scholarly engagement with Black women in higher education,” Berry said. “The concepts and ideas developed in this work can prove useful to other multi-dimensional scholars in higher education.”


Berry joined the College of Education and Human Development in 2013. Her research area focuses on lived experiences of Women of Color as pre-service teachers and teacher educators, and critical examinations of race, ethnicity, and gender in teaching and teacher education.


“It is my hope that readers will come to begin to understand the complexities that connect the ways multi-dimensional identity informs research, teaching, and service,” said Berry. “It is a wonderful sense of satisfaction to have completed this project.”


Learn more about “States of Grace.”

Learn more about Dr. Theodorea Regina Berry.






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