Giddings...author, journalist, editor, college professor,
Paula Giddings is the author of IDA: A SWORD AMONG LIONS--Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching (Harper/Collins 2008). Twenty years in the making, it is the definitive biography of its subject.
She is also the author of a "landmark study"
on the political and social history of Black women: When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women
on Race and Sex in America. An alternate selection
of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the book was called "A
labor of commitment and love...a jarringly fresh interpretation"
by The New York Times; and "the best interpretation
of Black women and race and sex that we have" by
the Women's Review of Books. It has been translated
into Japanese and Dutch, anthologized in The Course
of American History and is used in college classes
throughout the country.
second book, In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta and
the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement was published
in 1988. Comments on the book were also very positive. The
Los Angeles Times said "(the book)... succeeds as a
detailed study of an organization that has touched the lives
of some of the most prominent Black women in America" and Booklist stated that "Giddings has done a solid
job of research; her easy style makes the story clear and fascinating."
addition, she has edited Burning All Illusions: Writings
From the Nation on Race.
1986, Paula Giddings was named the United Negro College Fund
Distinguished Scholar, and taught at Spelman College in Atlanta,
Georgia during the 1986-87 and 1991-1992 school years. From
1989 to 1991, she held the New Jersey Laurie Chair in Women's
Studies at Douglass College/Rutgers University. In 1992-1993,
she was a Visiting Professor at Princeton University. In 1993,
Ms. Giddings was named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim
Foundation. From 1993-1995, she was a Fellow of the National
Humanities Center in Research Park Triangle, North Carolina.
In 1995-1996, she was named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar
and from 1996-2001, she was Research Professor of Women and
African American Studies at Duke University. Currently, she
is a professor at Smith College.
addition she has been a Judge for the National Book Awards;
on the Council of the Author's Guild of America; an Alternate
for the National Humanities Center Fellowship Competition;
an Advisory Board Member, Global Women's Studies Program,
Hunter College (NY); a Fellow at the Barnard Center for Research
on Women; a member of the Governor's Advisory Committee on
Black Affairs in New York State; Contributing and Book Review
Editor for Essence Magazine, and a board member of
Giddings is a graduate of Howard University (1969) who worked
for Random House before becoming an editor at Howard University
Press. Subsequently she was named Paris Bureau Chief for Encore
American & Worldwide News. During her career, she
has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington
Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer,
The Nation and Jeune Afrique (Paris), among other
Giddings has received a Ford Foundation grant and awards from
the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, The NY Urban League,
the Westchester Black Women's Political Caucus and the Howard
University Alumni Club. In 1990 and 1995, she received Honorary
Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Bennett College and
Wesleyan University, respectively.
1. Ida B. Wells and the Beginning of the Modern Civil
2. The Historical Role of Black Women in America
3. The Challenge of Pluralism and Diversity