Women, Gender, and Families of Color

Editor: Jennifer F. Hamer and Ayesha Hardison


Current Volume: 12 (2024)
Issued biannually (Spring and Fall)
ISSN: 2326-0939
eISSN: 2326-0947


Women, Gender, and Families of Color (WGFC) is a multidisciplinary journal that centers on the study of Black, Latina, Indigenous, and Asian American women, gender, and families. Within this framework, the journal encourages theoretical and empirical research from history, the social and behavioral sciences, and humanities, including comparative and transnational research, and analyses of domestic social, political, economic, and cultural policies and practices within the United States.


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Ayesha Hardison, University of Kansas
Jennifer Hamer, Penn State University
347 Willard Building
University Park, PA 16802

Assistant Editor
Suleyman Bolukbas

Editorial Board Chair
Cécile Accilien

Editorial Board

  • Armon Perry, University of Louisville, 2012 - current
  • Assata Zerai, University of New Mexico, 2012 - current
  • Brenda Stevenson, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012 - current
  • Carmen Lugo-Lugo, Washington State University, 2014 - current
  • Dongbin Kim, Michigan State University, 2014 - current
  • Francille Wilson, University of Southern California, 2012 - current
  • Fred Bonner, Prairie View A&M University, 2014 - current
  • Giselle Anatol, University of Kansas, 2014 - current
  • Hayward D. Horton, University at Albany, SUNY, 2012 - current
  • Idethia Shevon Harvey, University of Connecticut, 2012 - current
  • Juan Battle, Graduate Center, CUNY, 2012 - current
  • Luz-Maria Gordillo, Washington State University Vancouver, 2014 - current
  • Lynet Uttal, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012 - current
  • Manisha Desai, University of Connecticut, 2012 - current
  • Psyche Williams-Forson, University of Maryland, 2014 - current
  • Sharon Harley, University of Maryland, 2012 - current
  • Sarah Deer, University of Kansas, 2020 - current
  • Stephanie Fitzgerald, Arizona State University, 2014 - current
  • Venetria Patton, University of Illinois, 2014 - current
  • Xiaojian Zhao, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012 - current

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Women, Gender, and Families of Color

WGFC practices a blind-review and anonymous editorial process. Authors should submit any manuscript(s) for consideration electronically via the WGFC submission link below. If you must make a submission via the mail, please include a single hard copy and a disc containing an electronic version of the manuscript. All self-citations should be removed from manuscripts. Papers should not exceed 30 pages, including notes, tables, and references. Text should be double-spaced. Do not embed tables and illustrations within the manuscript text; please place a call-out within the text to indicate placement and place tables and/or illustrations at the end of the manuscript. Previously published work or work currently under consideration elsewhere will not be considered. Manuscript(s) should include a cover page stating author's name(s), institutional affiliation(s), a telephone and fax number, and an e-mail address. An abstract and brief bio should also be submitted with all manuscripts. WGFC follows the guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition and all manuscripts should be written in this style. Any manuscripts not written in the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition will not be considered for review or publication. Manuscripts and discs will not be returned.

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