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ERIC Number: EJ883692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
African American Women Scholars and International Research: Dr. Anna Julia Cooper's Legacy of Study Abroad
Evans, Stephanie Y.
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v18 p77-100 Fall 2009
EIn this article, the author presents a little-known but detailed history of Black women's tradition of study abroad. Specifically, she situates Dr. Anna Julia Cooper within the landscape of historic African American students who studied in Japan, Germany, Jamaica, England, Italy, Haiti, India, West Africa, and Thailand, in addition to France. The story of Cooper's intellectual production is especially intriguing because at a time when Black women were just beginning to pursue doctorates in the United States, Anna Cooper chose to earn her Ph.D. from the Sorbonne in Paris. The author demonstrates that Cooper's research agenda and institutional choice reflected a popular trend of Black academics to construct their scholarly identities with an international foundation. The author presents Cooper's education and shows how her research traversed national and international space in fascinating ways. Next, the author moves outward to show how international foci can be found in many African American women's research interests. This analysis reveals that a significant number of Black scholars have studied abroad in a range of geographic locations, and Paris was especially popular given the relative freedom Black Americans experienced there. In addition, readers receive a sample of how contemporary students with a wide range of disciplinary interests can engage and apply this history. The author ends by observing Cooper's significance as an American woman academic and outline implications for Black women's thought on research in the global Ivory Tower. (Contains 38 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France; France (Paris); Germany; Haiti; India; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Thailand; United States