Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery



Professor & Chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Office: Tribble A114
Phone: (336) 758-
Email: jordanzj@wfu.edu




BioCVCoursesProfessional and Research FoucsSelected Publications

Julia S. Jordan-Zachery is professor and chair of the Women’s Gender and Sexualtiy Studies Department at Wake Forest University. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on African American women and public policy. She is also the author of the award winning book “Black women, cultural images and social policy” (2009 Routledge) and “Shadow Bodies: Black Women, Ideology, Representation, and Politics” (Rutgers University Press, 2017) and number of articles and edited volumes including “Black Girl Magic Beyond the Hashtag” (Arizona University Press, 2019). Jordan-Zachery was awarded the Accinno Teaching Award, Providence College (2015-2016). Jordan-Zachery serves as the President of the Association for Ethnic Studies.


Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Political Science, 1997
M.A., University of Connecticut, Economics, 1994
B.A., Brooklyn College, Economics, 1992

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  • Black Politics (graduate and undergraduate)
  • Black Response to State Violence
  • Critical Feminisms
  • Introduction to Black Studies
  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • Lost Bodies
  • Representation
  • Ideology and Politics
  • Race and Public Policy
  • Race, Gender, and Public Policy
  • Women and Politics

Jordan-Zachery’s research focuses on Black women’s politics and self-actualization. To date, her research exploreds the impact of public policies in the lives of Black women and girls and how Black women and girls respond to policies. In general, her scholarship and professional activities seek to create and foster democratice and just spaces.

2019. Black girl magic Beyond the hashtag: Twenty-First-Century acts of self-definition. Tucson: Arizona University Press. (with Duchess Harris. Jordan-Zachery is the primary editor).
2019 “Licking salt: A Black woman’s tale of betrayal, adversity and survival.” Feminist Formations, 31(1): 67-84.
2017. Shadow Bodies: Black women, ideology and representation. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.
2017. “Beyond the side eye: Black women’s ancestral anger as a liberatory practice.” Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 4(1): 61-81.
2009. Black women, cultural images, and social policy. New York: Routledge. (Published in paperback, 2010).