Postdoctoral fellow in African American studies publishes article in “The Feminist Wire”

Shannen Dee Williams, the current postdoctoral fellow in African American studies at Case Western Reserve, had her paper, “Segregated Sisterhoods and the Mercurial Politics of Racial Truth-Telling,” published in The Feminist Wire.

Williams is revising her dissertation, “Subversive Habits: Black Nuns and the Struggle to Desegregate Catholic America after World War I,” into a book manuscript. Her study unearths the hidden history of black sisters in the fight to dismantle racial and gender barriers in the U.S. Catholic Church. When completed, it will be the first historical monograph on black Catholic sisters in 20th-century America.

For more information on the Postdoc Fellow program directed by Rhonda Y. Williams, visit