Member-at-Large Bio

Sekile Nzinga-Johnson, PhD, MSW is the Director of the Women’s Center and a lecturer in Gender & Women’s Studies at Northwestern University. She also is the co-chair of Northwestern’s campus wide task force to support trans and non-binary faculty, staff and students at Northwestern. Prior to Northwestern, she was a school social worker in Baltimore City public schools, a professor in the field of Social Work, and the director of Women and Gender Studies at Nazareth College of Rochester. Her scholarship and teaching have focused on the intersections of race, class, and gender in reproduction and parenting; critical feminist university studies; health and mental health in black communities; and children and family policy. She is the editor of “Laboring Positions: Black Women, Mothering and the Academy” (Demeter, 2013). Her second book “Lean Semesters: How the University Reproduces Inequity” is in press with Johns Hopkins University’s Critical University Studies Series.

In addition to her academic career, Nzinga-Johnson's professional life and feminist praxis focus on reproductive justice, intersectional feminist leadership, and building progressive & social justice oriented not-for-profit organizations. She is a former board chair of the Chicago Abortion Fund, a member of the Illinois Women’s Justice Taskforce, and her blog, “I Usta be Monique”, centers a healing from childhood sexual violence.

See Dr. Nzinga-Johnson faculty page here.