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Sekile Nzinga, PhD, MSW

Sekile Nzinga, PhD, MSW received her PhD from the University of Maryland in Human Development (2001), her Masters of Social Work from Ohio State University (1994), and her Bachelor's of Science in Social Work from Morgan State University (1993). 

Nzinga previously was a tenured Associate Professor of Social Work and is the founding director of Nazareth College’s Women and Gender Studies Bachelor of Arts program. Her scholarship and prior teaching have centered on the intersections of race, class, and gender in reproduction and parenting; critical feminist university studies; and child welfare & family policy. She is the editor of Laboring Positions: Black Women, Mothering and the Academy (Demeter, 2013) and author of Lean Semesters: How Higher Education Reproduces Inequity (Johns Hopkins, 2020).

In addition to her academic career, Nzinga's social work practice and community engaged work have focused on Black women’s and girls’ health and mental health, reproductive justice, healing from sexual trauma, program development & evaluation, and intersectional feminist leadership. She also serves as a board member for the Chicago Abortion Fund and is a member of the Illinois’ statewide Women’s Justice Taskforce.