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Nicole Jenkins

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Dr. Nicole Dezrea Jenkins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University. She received her Doctoral degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in the Department of Sociology in 2020. She obtained an M.A. in Sociology in 2017 and B.A. in Sociology in 2015 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. In 2013, she received an A.A. in Criminal Justice after serving six years of active duty in the United States Air Force as Military Police. She is a proud advocate for social justice and committed to teaching with such emphasis on topics such as race and ethnicity, poverty, and the Black community. As a qualitative researcher, she incorporates intersectional and critical feminist frameworks into her own research, centering the experiences of women of color. Her most current research project incorporates two years of ethnographic data collection in a Las Vegas African hair braiding salon. She discusses labor, identity making in the African diaspora, work-family balance, and the racialized politics of appearance for Black women. Her findings provide a look inside the lived experiences of women of African diaspora and insight into some of the most significant parts of their identities. Nicole D. Jenkins is currently completing her first monograph, "'CROWNed: Black Women’s Entanglement with Beauty, Work, and Family." The manuscript is an extension of her dissertation research and examines the lived experiences of women of the African Diaspora throughout various institutions in the U.S. Specifically, the institutions of beauty, work, and family. Her most current research expands on concerns of natural hair discrimination and examines its Global impact on people of the African Diaspora.

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