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Pierce-BakerCharlotte Pierce-Baker

Professor Emerita of Gender and Sexuality Studies and English



Charlotte Pierce-Baker received her B.A. in English from Howard University and the Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Ohio State University. She was awarded the Ph.D. in Speech Pathology and Applied Linguistics from Temple University. She served as director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt from 2009 to 2012 and has taught, researched, and written in the areas of American literature and women of color, applied linguistics and dialects, and more recently in the areas of trauma and gender violence. Pierce-Baker’s two books have disturbed discussion in their areas of inquiry: Surviving the Silence: Black Women‘s Stories of Rape (W.W. Norton, 2008, 2009) and This Fragile Life: A Mother’s Story of a Bipolar Son (Lawrence Hill Books, 2012).