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    Induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame

    March 2024

    Senior Research Scientist Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame alongside Serena Williams, Ruby Bridges, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and six others.

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    Evaluating Planned Parenthood's Sex Ed Program for High Schoolers

    December 2023

    Senior Research Scientist Jennifer M. Grossman, Ph.D., received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate the effectiveness of "Get Real: Comprehensive Sex Education That Works," a program for high school students.


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    WCW Research Scientist Will Implement PTSD Treatment in University Counseling Centers

    December 2023

    Katherine R. Buchholz, Ph.D., has been approved for a $2.5 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

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    Health advisory on social media use in adolescence

    May 2023

    Senior Research Scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., co-authored a health advisory on social media use in adolescence released by the American Psychological Association.

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Our mission is to advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs.


(formerly published as Layli Phillips)

                                            Photo: Soe Lin Post/Wellesley College



Maparyan, L. (2012). The womanist idea. New York: Routledge.

Phillips, L. (2006). The womanist reader. New York: Routledge.


Maparyan, L. (2011). Why the academy needs womanism now more than ever. In K. Vaz & G. Lemons (Eds.), Feminist solidarity at the crossroads: Intersectional women’s studies for transracial alliance. New York: Routledge.

Maparyan, L. (2011). Feminism. In C. Orr, A. Braithwaite & D. Lichtenstei (Eds.), Rethinking Women's and Gender Studies. New York: Routledge.

Phillips, L., & Stewart, M. R. (2010). Nontraditional, nonconforming, and transgressive gender expression and relationship modalities in Black communities. In J. Battle & S. L. Barnes (Eds.), Black sexualities: Probing powers, passions, practices, and policies (pp. 17-36). Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Phillips, L., & Olugbala, S. (2006). Fighting in he(r) heels: Sylvia Rivera, Stonewall, civil rights, and liberation. In S. Glisson (ed.), The human tradition and the civil rights movement, 1865-1980 (pp. 309-334). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.


Raitt, S. & L.Phillips (2008). Preface: The 1970s Issue. Feminist Studies, 34 (3), 375-381.

Phillips, L., & Stewart, M. R. (2008). “‘I am just so glad you are alive’: New perspectives on non-traditional, non-conforming, and transgressive expressions of gender, sexuality, and race among African Americans. Journal of African American Studies, 12(4), 378-400.

Phillips, L. (2005). Deconstructing “down low” discourse: The politics of sexuality, gender, race, AIDS, and anxiety. Journal of African American Studies, 9(2), 3-15.

Phillips, L., Reddick-Morgan, K., & Stephens, D. (2005). Oppositional consciousness within an oppositional realm: The case of feminism and womanism in rap and Hip Hop, 1976-2004. Journal of African American History, 90(3), 253-277.

Stephens, D., & Phillips, L. (2005). Integrating Black feminist thought into conceptual frameworks of African American adolescent women's sexual scripting processes. Sexualities, Evolution, and Gender, 7(1), 37-55.

Phillips, L. (2004). Fitting in and feeling good: Patterns of self-evaluation and psychological stress among biracial adolescent girls. Women and Therapy, 27(1/2), 217-236.

Stephens, D. P., & Phillips, L. (2003). Freaks, gold diggers, divas, and dykes: The socio-historical development of African American adolescent females’ sexual scripts. Sexuality and Culture, 7, 3-49.

Zaff, J. F., Blount, R. L., Phillips, L., & Cohen, L. L. (2002). The role of ethnic identity and self-construal in coping among African American and Caucasian American 7th graders: An exploratory analysis of within-group variance. Adolescence, 37, 751-773.

Phillips, L. (2000). Recontextualizing Kenneth Bancroft Clark: An Afrocentric perspective on the paradoxical legacy of a model psychologist-activist. History of Psychology, 3(2), 142-167.

Thomas, K., Phillips, L., & Brown, S. (1998). Redefining race in the workplace: Insights from ethnic identity theory. Journal of Black Psychology, 24(1), 76-92.

Phillips, L. & B. McCaskill. (1995). Who's Schooling Who? Black Women and the Bringing of the Everyday into Academe, or Why We Started "The Womanist." Signs, 20 (4), 1007-1018.

Phillips, L. (2004). [review] Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism by Patricia Hill Collins. Gender and Society, 18, (5), 665-667.


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