Paula J. Giddings is the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor, Africana Studies, at Smith College. She has published four books: When and Where I Enter: The Impact on Black Women on Race and Sex in America; In Search of Sisterhood, Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement; Burning All Illusions, (editor) an anthology of articles on race published by the Nation magazine from 1867 to 2000; and Ida, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching.

IDA received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. The book was deemed one of the best books of 2008 by the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune, and also earned the first inaugural John Hope Franklin Research Center Book Award presented by the Duke University Libraries. IDA earned the Letitia Woods Brown Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians; and the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavas Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights.

Professor Giddings is a former book editor and journalist who has written extensively on international and national issues and has been published by the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jeune Afrique (Paris), The Nation, and the journals Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism and Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women, among other publications. Before attaining the position of Professor of African-American Studies at Smith College, Ms. Giddings had taught at Spelman College, where she was a United Negro Fund Distinguished Scholar; Douglass College/Rutgers University as the Laurie Chair in Women's Studies; and Princeton and Duke Universities.

Paula Giddings has been awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim Foundation; the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Bennett College and Wesleyan University, and was named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. Ms. Giddings is also the proud recipient of the Candace Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and the Anna Julia Cooper Award from Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women.

Her book, When and Where I Enter was an alternate selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and was called “a landmark study destined to become a prime sourcebook” by Publisher’s Weekly; the “best interpretation of Black women and race and sex that we have” by the Women’s Review of Books; and a “jarringly fresh interpretation” by the New York Times Book Review. The book has been translated into Japanese and Dutch and is used widely in college courses throughout the country. The Washington Post called In Search of Sisterhood a “fitting sequel to [Professor. Giddings’] acclaimed first book.” The Los Angeles Times noted that it “succeeds as a detailed study of an organization that has touched the lives of some of the most prominent Black women in America.”

Ms Giddings is a member of P.E.N., a writers’ group; the Authors’ Guild Foundation; Women’s World, an organization fighting gender-based censorship around the world; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Coalition of 100 Black Women.

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