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Danielle Wallace

Professor • Community and Social Justice Studies

Danielle M. Wallace, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. She earned her MA and Ph.D. in African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Her teaching and research interests include the Black family, gender and sexual politics in the Black community, the gender socialization of Black men and women and the social and political roots of Africana Studies. Her current research focuses on Black student activism, and Black male/female relationships, especially the dating, marriage and mate selection ideals of Black men and women.

Professional Interests

Dating, Marriage and Mate Selection Practices of Africana People
• Black Male/Female Relationships
• Black Gender and Sexual Politics
Black Families and Family Structure
• Racial and Gender Socialization of Black Children
Black Women’s Studies and Feminism
• Rape and Rape Culture in Black Communities
• Racial and Gender Politics of University Teaching
Social Justice, Social Movements and Student Protest

Languages (other than English)



PhD African American Studies, Temple University Philadelphia, PA

BA Black Studies, State University of New York at New Paltz New Paltz, NY

MA African American Studies, Temple University Philadelphia, PA


Dating, Marriage and Mate Selection; Male/Female Relationships; Gender and Sexual Politics in Africana Communities; Africana Families and Family Structure; Africana Sociology; Black Student Activism

Representative Publications

‘It’s a M-A-N Thang’: Black Male Sex Role Socialization and the Performance of Masculinity in Love Relationships; Ain't Nobody Worryin': Maleness and Masculinity in Black America; Cognella; 2012

Interracial Relationships: Attitudes Among Heterosexual College-Educated African American Women; Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues; Peter Lang; 2015

Liberation Through Education: Teaching #BlackLivesMatter in Africana Studies; , Radical Teacher; Volume 106, 2016

Teaching to Transgress: Africana Studies Curriculum as a Support for Black Student Activism; College Curriculum at the Crossroads: Women of Color Reflect and Resist ; Routledge; 2018

Representative Presentations

If We Must Die: Maintaining Africana Studies and Resistance in the Academy
National Council for Black Studies Annual Meeting National Council for Black Studies
Atlanta, GA 2020

Exploring the Future of Black Studies: Creating a Science and Technology Track
National Council for Black Studies Annual Meeting National Council for Black Studies
New Orleans , LA 2019

#BlackLivesMatter: Black Protest as a Response to Neo-Colonial Control
National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting National Women’s Studies Association
Montreal, 2017

Liberation Through Education: Autobiography as a Teaching Tool for Social Justice Educators
34th Annual Meeting International Society for Educational Biography
Toronto, 2017


“Mass Incarceration and the Black Family”
Interview on the effects of mass incarceration on Black families in the United States.

Notable Courses Taught

Fundamentals of Africana-World Studies
Research in Africana-World Studies
Seminar in Africana-World Studies
Race, Gender and Social Justice
The Black Woman Experience
African American Family Life
Independent Study: Honors Thesis
Caribbean Women: Culture and Society
Student Community Service
Power, Justice and Freedom
Mass Media and the Black Community
African American History since 1900

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