Sally Nuamah to present Mar. 26 brown bag examining public perceptions of Black girls

How do race and gender stereotypes affect public support for the punishment of Black girls? Across the United States, Black girls are suspended, arrested, and detained at increasing rates. And yet, little research exists on the factors contributing to these troubling patterns across race and gender, particularly in public opinion research.


On Friday, Mar. 26, the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies will host a brown bag talk with Sally Nuamah, entitled “Public Perceptions of Black Girls and Their Punitive and Political Consequences,” examining this issue.

Nuamah uses an original survey experiment of Americans to determine the public perceptions shaping Black girls and their punitive consequences. The findings specify the potential role of the American public in contributing to the uneven punitive experiences of Black girls and their potential political consequences for Black women.

Nuamah is an award-winning scholar, author, advocate, and filmmaker whose work explores issues of race, gender, education policy, and political behavior. Currently, she is an assistant professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place from 12 – 1 p.m., via Zoom. Please register to receive the link to join the discussion.