Jovonne Juanita Bickerstaff

Jovonne Juanita Bickerstaff

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(Sociology, May 2015)
Thesis Title: Together, Close, Resilient: Essays on Emotion Work Among Black Couples
Committee: Orlando Patterson (Chair), Mary C. Brinton, Christopher Winship, and Jason Beckfield
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral ​Associate for the ​​​African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities ​​(AADHum)​ initiative, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, University of Maryland-College Park

Jovonne J. Bickerstaff​ ​is a Postdoctoral ​Associate for the ​​​African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities ​​(AADHum)​ initiative. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University in 2015, focusing on gender, race, emotions and qualitative methodology. Her dissertation, entitled, “Together, Close, Resilient: Essays on Emotion Work Among Black Couples,” examined African American couples in enduring relationships (10-40 years), probing the emotion strategies partners co-construct to foster emotional intimacy, navigate differences and cultivate a shared identity – offering a rare window into black couples’ intimate lives. By revealing how people make sense of their worlds and cultivate best-practices to guide their daily lives, Jovonne’s work is driven by a commitment to look beyond the preoccupation with crisis and failure in social science, shedding light on what works and how in order to reveal rarely explored facets of black experience.

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