Zinga Fraser

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African American Studies
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Zinga A. Fraser, PhD is the Endowed Postdoctoral fellow in Women’s and Gender Studies at Brooklyn College. She has a doctorate in African American Studies from Northwestern University specializing in Race, Politics, and Culture.  Zinga received her Bachelor of Arts from Temple University in Political Science with a minor in African American Studies. In 2005, Zinga obtained a Master’s of Arts from the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University, where she was a Paul Robeson Fellow.  Her work focuses on African American Politics,  Black Women’s History and Feminism. She has examined the life and work of Shirley Chisholm over eight years.  Her master’s thesis, “Unbought and Unbossed: A Radical Political Ideology” received the Zora Neale Hurston Award, Excellence in Writing Award for Social Sciences at Columbia University.  Her dissertation is a comparative study of Barbara Jordan and Shirley Chisholm and Black women’s politics in the Post Civil Rights Era.

Zinga has also worked for the former Congressman Major R. Owens, the Lawyer’s Committee for Human Rights and served as the U.S. Policy Program Coordinator for the Women’s Environmental and Development Organization.

In 2010-2012 she was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. She was also awarded the 2009-2010 Vivian A. Ware Fellowship from the Delta Research and Educational Foundation. Dr. Zinga Fraser was recently awarded the 2014 Byran Jackson Dissertation Research on Minority Politics Award, which recognizes outstanding scholarship by a graduate student in the area of race and urban politics, from the American Political Science Association. Dr. Fraser will receive the award at the association's annual conference in Washington DC in August. Zinga A. Fraser currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.