Jameka Hartley, Ph.D.
Dr. Hartley serves as a qualitative researcher and interdisciplinary scholar who works collaboratively to improve and enhance mixed methods research and lead qualitative research initiatives.
Dr. Hartley’s 15 years of professional experience have bridged social services and academia. As a former social worker, she is passionate about telling stories that address common misrepresentations about Black women and girls within the US. Her previous clinical experience influences how she views the world, impacts her scholarly work, and undergirds her commitment to social justice.
Dr. Hartley has served as a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consultant since 2019. Through her consultancy, she has developed and facilitated training and provided takeaway resources for participants.
Dr. Hartley is an interdisciplinary Black feminist poet and scholar and currently holds an Assistant Professorship in Race in Art and Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, teaching specifically in the Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences. Her work centers on issues of Black motherhood, popular cultural representations of Black women, child-to-adult outcomes, and stigma. Her simultaneous identities of being a daughter and a mother shape both her life and her scholarship.Her work has been published in the International Review of Qualitative Research, Maternal Connections (Demeter Press), Essential Voices (West Virginia University Press)
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