Project Director: Layli Maparyan, Ph.D.
This work revolves around helping to build and define the burgeoning field of womanist studies.
Dr. Maparyan’s current projects revolve around helping to build and define the burgeoning field of womanist studies. In addition to continuing to publish on womanism, she mentors emerging womanist scholars and consults on a variety of projects using an “applied womanism” framework. Her next two book length projects include an edited volume of new womanist scholarship and an in-depth treatment of African women’s metaphysics as a foundation for womanist thought and praxis.
Dr. Maparyan edited (as Layli Phillips) The Womanist Reader (Routledge, 2006), which documents the first quarter century of womanist scholarship from an interdisciplinary perspective and is the first volume to treat womanism “on its own.” Her most recent book is The Womanist Idea (Routledge, 2012), a comprehensive treatment of womanist worldview and activist methodology.