Dr. Leigh-Anne Francis

Associate Professor

Dr. Leigh-Anne Francis is an Associate Professor with a dual appointment in the departments of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Leigh-Anne holds a Ph.D. in United States and African American History, an M.A. in U.S. and World History, and a B.F.A. in Painting and Illustration. Her recent peer-reviewed publications appear in the Journal of Women’s History, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism and more. Her unpublished book manuscript, titled “Jane Crow (In)Justice: Race, Crime, and Punishment in New York State, 1893—1916,” analyzes the intersections of sexism, racism, poverty, crime and work and situates Black women in the history of mass incarceration. When Leigh-Anne is not teaching or writing, she is parenting her seven-year old twin sons, Rustin and Langston.

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