Wendy Thompson Taiwo

Assistant Professor,Wendy Thompson Taiwo
African American Studies

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Current Research Activities

The common themes that connect my writing projects are the Second Great Migration to the Bay Area, black migrant women’s cultural and domestic practices, and lesser known sites of Bay Area African American history, all of which help me to get to the answers of bigger questions about how race and racial structures inform the belonging of black people at the local, regional, and (trans)national level and how social, economic, and political projects have continued to marginalize black people, exempting them from civic participation, citizenship, and the right to ordinary lives.

What contributed to your research interests?

I am a Bay Area native, the granddaughter of southern migrants who arrived to the SF Bay Area during WWII. I teach about and enjoy spending time in nature. I am a mother of two children. All of these pieces of me inform my scholarship and identity as an academic and professional.

How does your research relate to current issues?

The common themes that connect my writing projects are the Second Great Migration to the Bay Area, black migrant women’s cultural and domestic practices, and lesser known sites of Bay Area African American history, all of which help me to get to the answers of bigger questions about how race and racial structures inform the belonging of black people at the local, regional, and (trans)national level and how social, economic, and political projects have continued to marginalize black people, exempting them from civic participation, citizenship, and the right to ordinary lives.


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