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Dr. Carolette Norwood
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Carolette Norwood Nishikawa (She/Her)

Professor and Department Chair of Sociology and Criminology

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Biography

Carolette Norwood is professor and department head of sociology and criminology at Howard University. Dr. Norwood is a Black feminist sociologist whose research explores the implications of violence (structural, spatial, and interpersonal) at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and space on reproductive and sexual health injustice for Black women. Dr. Norwood’s funded research on Black women’s economic mobility and reproductive (in)justice in Cincinnati collectively informs her book project, tentatively titled, Jim Crow Geographies: Mapping the Intersections of Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Urbane Space (under contract with Columbia University Press). Dr. Norwood’s work also explores the simultaneity and particularities of feminism(s) in the African diaspora within and across geographical and global contexts. She earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Université de Montreal in African demography. She earned an MA in liberal arts with a concentration in African American studies and BA degrees in sociology and French from Louisiana State University. Dr. Norwood’s work is published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, Journal of Black Psychology, The American Journal of Public Health, Social Science Quarterly,  The American Journal of Health Studies, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of International Women's Studies, Development in Practice, Sociology Compass, Societies, Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine, etc.  Her work has been generously funded by the National Institute of Health, Ohio Policy Evaluation Network, Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, the Greater Cincinnati Women’s Fund, and recently, an Urban Institute and Goldman Sachs’s One Million Black Women: Closing the Wealth Gap grant. 

 

 

Education & Expertise

Education

PhD

Sociology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2004

MA

Liberal Arts
Louisiana State University
1999

BA

Sociology
Louisiana State University
1997

BA

French
Louisiana State University
1997

Expertise

Research Areas of Specialization

Africana/Black Feminism; Reproductive Justice and Sexual health; Gendered Racism and  Gendered Violence; Poverty, Gender Race, & Health Disparities; Intersectional spatialities (race, gender, class, sexuality, space, place, etc.); Women’s Roles in Development and Microfinance/Microcredit/Informal Banking

Research

Research

Funding

Funding and Grants

Middlemass, K. (PI) and Norwood, Carolette (Co-PI) "Continuity of Care Into and Out of Carceral Settings," Sponsored by National Institute of Jails (NIJ), Federal. May 2023, Amount: $504,719.00. under review.

Norwood, Carolette (PI), Black Women’s Economic Mobility in Cincinnati Urbane Space, Urban Institute and Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women Research Partnership, May 2022. Amount: $20K.

Norwood, Carolette (PI), African American Women and Economic Mobility, Commissioned Qualitative Research Study, The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, February 2020. Amount: $30K.

Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME Provost Award) ($20,000): Funding period 2018-19. Project Title: Jim Crow Geography: Mapping the Intersections of Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Cincinnati Urban Space.

Reproductive Justice in Urban Cincinnati ($236,000) anonymous donor: Funding period 2018-2020: Project Title: Community-Based Participatory Research: Sexual and Reproductive Health in Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Project, University of Cincinnati, ($2,500, Awarded). Funding Period: 2016- present. Project title: Navigating Gender, Race, Place and Space in Urban Neighborhoods

Third Century Faculty Research Materials Grant ($1,500, Awarded), Funding Period: April 2015. Project title: A Spatial Analysis of HIV/AIDS in the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area 1990-2010.

Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, Health Disparities in Minority Communities Collaborative Program. 6 Week Stipend $36K for 3 Summers and Research Grant for Pilot Study $25K. Funding Period 2012-2014. Project title: Navigating Gender, Race Place and Space in Urban Neighborhoods.

Taft Research Center, Direct Research Cost Grant, University of Cincinnati, ($1000.00, Awarded). Funding Period 2007. Project Title:  Women's Status and HIV/AIDS Risk prevention strategies: A mixed-method evaluation of the effects of Microcredit Participation in Yaoundé, Cameroon (PI: Carolette Norwood, PhD).

Faculty Research Support Grant, University of Cincinnati ($6500.00, Awarded).  Funding Period 2006. Project Title: Women's Status and HIV/AIDS Risk Prevention Strategies: A Mixed-Method Evaluation of the Effects of Microcredit Participation in Yaoundé, Cameroon (PI: Carolette Norwood, PhD).

Summer Research Grant from Vice President and Faculty of Dean’s office. Saint Mary’s College, ($5000.00, Awarded) Funding Period 2004-2005. (PI: Carolette Norwood, PhD).

Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership Co-Sponsorship Grant, Saint Mary’s College ($900.00, Awarded). Funding Period 2005. Project title: Women, HIV and Microcredit in Africa (PI: Carolette Norwood, PhD).

Ford Foundation Funded Human Rights, Human Diversity Predoctoral Dissertation Research Award ($5000.00, Awarded) Funding Period: 2001-2002. Project Title: Microeconomic schemes in rural Ghana: A mixed-method evaluation of microcredit membership on women's empowerment, and family planning practices (PI: Carolette Norwood, PhD).

2000. Science, Technology, and Research Scholars (STARS) summer fellowship ($5000.00, Awarded).

Related Articles

Publications

Norwood, C. 2024. “And Still They Rise: The Kinks of Our Hair African Diasporic Contexts”in The Black Feminist Theories Handbook: Transnational Approaches, eds. Carole Boyce-Davies, Janell Hobson, Mshaï Mwangola, Angelique V. Nixon, and Christen A. Smith. Bloomsbury Publishing Inc., New York City, NY, Forthcoming.

Norwood, C. 2024. "Forced to Birth: A Case Study of Ohio's 6-Week Abortion Ban, its Impact on Black Women in Cincinnati and its Relevance for Reproductive Justice in Ohio and Beyond." Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine, Volume 34.

Norwood, C. and Carr, T., 2024. "More than Abortion: Why Reproductive Justice Matters in Cincinnati Post-Roe." Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, 45 (1), https://doi.org/10.1080/1554477X.2024.2300096.

Smith, MH., McGowan, M., Chakraborty, P., Hood, RB., Field, MP., Bessett, D., Norwood, C., Norris, AH. 2023. "Kentucky's Abortion Landscape, 2010 to 2019: An Analysis of Pre-Dobbs Abortion Disparities in a Rural, Restrictive State." Lancet Reg Health Am. 19:100441. doi: 10.1016/j.lana.2023.100441. PMID: 36852333; PMCID: PMC9958464.

Niven, David; Combs, Barbara; Norwood, Carolette; Rossiter, Kayln; and Michael Solimine. 2022. “The Boundaries of Confusion Racial Disparities in State House and Congressional District Line Congruity.” Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 21, Issue 2. https://doi.org/10.1111/ssqu.13213

Norwood, C.; Jacquez, F.; Carr, T.; Murawsky, S.; Beck, K.; Tuttle, A. 2022. "Reproductive Justice, Public Black Feminism in Practice: A Reflection on Community-Based Participatory Research in Cincinnati." Societies 12(1):17. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc12010017.

Norwood, C. 2022. “New Directions in Black Feminist Sociology: The Politic of Space at the Intersection of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality.” In Zakiya Luna and Whitney Pirtle (eds) Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis (Routledge Press).

Norwood, C. 2021. “Misrepresenting Reproductive Justice: A Black Feminist Critique of the ‘Protecting Black Life.’” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 46(3). ***Received editor’s choice nomination for Distinguished Article Award in the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Sex and Gender.

Norris, A.; Chakraborty, P.; Lang, K.; Hood, R.; Hayford, S.; Keder, L.; Bessett, D.; Broscoe, M.; Norwood, C.; McGowan, M. 2020. "The Abortion Access in Ohio’s Changing Legislative Context." American Journal of Public Health, 110(8):1228-1234.

Jones, HJ.; Norwood, CR.; Bankston, K.; Bakas, T. 2019. “Developing a Framework for a Stress Reduction Wellness Intervention Targeted to Midlife Black Women.” Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 35(6): 483-490.

Jones, HJ.; Norwood, CR.; Bankston, K. 2019. “Leveraging Community Engagement to Develop Culturally Tailored Stress Management Interventions in Midlife Black Women.” Journal Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 57(3): 32-38.

Norwood, C. 2018. “Mapping Intersections of Violence on Black Women’s Sexual Health within the Jim Crow Geographies of Cincinnati Neighborhoods.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, 39(2): 97-135.

Norwood, C. 2018. “Decolonizing My Hair, Unshackling My Curls: An Autoethnography of What Makes My Natural Hair Journey a Black Feminist Statement.” International Feminist Journal of Politics, 20(1): 69-84.

Norwood, C.; Zhang, Y. 2015. “Condom Attitudes and Use among African American College Women Students.” Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 2(1): 83-99.

Awad, G.; Norwood, C.; Taylor, D.; Martinez, M.; McClain, S.; Jones, B.; Holman, A.; Chapman-Hilliard, C. 2015. “Body Image Concerns Among African American College Women.” Journal of Black Psychology, 41(6): 540-564.

Norwood, C. 2014. "Where the Women at? A Sociological Discussion of Haggai from a Feminist Perspective.” In Stacy Davis’ Haggai and Malachi with Liturgical Press.

Norwood, C. 2014. “Microcredit and Women’s Empowerment in Rural Ghana.” Journal International and Development Studies, 4, 128-58.

Norwood, C. 2013. “Perspectives in Africana Feminism.” Sociology Compass, 7(3): 225-236.

Norwood, C. 2011. “Factors that Influence HIV Testing among Non-Marginalized African American Women.” American Journal of Health Studies, 26(4): 208-216.

Norwood, C. 2011. “Women, Microcredit and Family Planning Practices: A Case Study from Rural Ghana.” Journal of Asian and African Studies, 46(2): 169-183.

Norwood, C. 2009. “Rethinking the Integration of Women in Population Development Initiatives.” Journal of Development in Practice, 19(7): 906-911.

Norwood, C. 2005. “Macro Promises of Microcredit- A Case of a Local eSusu in Rural Ghana.” Journal of International Women’s Studies, 7(1): 1-7.

 

Public Writing and Reports

Norwood, Carolette. 2023.  Black Women’s Economic Mobility in Cincinnati Urbane Space. Urban Institute. https://www.urban.org/research/publication/black-womens-economic-mobility-cincinnati-urbane-space

Norwood, Carolette 2022.  The Influence of Gendered Racism and Understanding Economic Fragilities for Black women in the Cincinnati Region, https://www.gcfdn.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Womens-Fund-Phase-3-Black-Womens-Economic-Mobility.pdf

Norwood, Carolette 2021. Black Women’s Economic Mobility in Cincinnati, https://www.gcfdn.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Praxis-Matters_-Phase-3_-Full-Report.pdf

Norwood, Carolette. 2017. Why microcredit Borrowing projects are – at best – a limited response to poverty and women’s inequality, https://scholars.org/sites/scholars/files/ssn_basic_facts_norwood_microcredit_not_a_solution.pdf

 

Commentaries

Norwood, Carolette. 2022. "Angry but Not Defeated: A Black Feminist Commentary on the Overturn of Roe (Invited)." Presentation at the American Sociological Association, July.

 

Funding and Grants

Middlemass, K. (PI) and Norwood, Carolette (Co-PI) "Continuity of Care Into and Out of Carceral Settings," Sponsored by National Institute of Jails (NIJ), Federal. May 2023, Amount: $504,719.00. under review.

Norwood, Carolette (PI), Black Women’s Economic Mobility in Cincinnati Urbane Space, Urban Institute and Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women Research Partnership, May 2022. Amount: $20K.

Norwood, Carolette (PI), African American Women and Economic Mobility, Commissioned Qualitative Research Study, The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, February 2020. Amount: $30K.

Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME Provost Award) ($20,000): Funding period 2018-19. Project Title: Jim Crow Geography: Mapping the Intersections of Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Cincinnati Urban Space.

Reproductive Justice in Urban Cincinnati ($236,000) anonymous donor: Funding period 2018-2020: Project Title: Community-Based Participatory Research: Sexual and Reproductive Health in Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Project, University of Cincinnati, ($2,500, Awarded). Funding Period: 2016- present. Project title: Navigating Gender, Race, Place and Space in Urban Neighborhoods

Third Century Faculty Research Materials Grant ($1,500, Awarded), Funding Period: April 2015. Project title: A Spatial Analysis of HIV/AIDS in the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area 1990-2010.

Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, Health Disparities in Minority Communities Collaborative Program. 6 Week Stipend $36K for 3 Summers and Research Grant for Pilot Study $25K. Funding Period 2012-2014. Project title: Navigating Gender, Race Place and Space in Urban Neighborhoods.

Taft Research Center, Direct Research Cost Grant, University of Cincinnati, ($1000.00, Awarded). Funding Period 2007. Project Title:  Women's Status and HIV/AIDS Risk prevention strategies: A mixed-method evaluation of the effects of Microcredit Participation in Yaoundé, Cameroon (PI: Carolette Norwood, PhD).

Faculty Research Support Grant, University of Cincinnati ($6500.00, Awarded).  Funding Period 2006. Project Title: Women's Status and HIV/AIDS Risk Prevention Strategies: A Mixed-Method Evaluation of the Effects of Microcredit Participation in Yaoundé, Cameroon (PI: Carolette Norwood, PhD).

Summer Research Grant from Vice President and Faculty of Dean’s office. Saint Mary’s College, ($5000.00, Awarded) Funding Period 2004-2005. (PI: Carolette Norwood, PhD).

Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership Co-Sponsorship Grant, Saint Mary’s College ($900.00, Awarded). Funding Period 2005. Project title: Women, HIV and Microcredit in Africa (PI: Carolette Norwood, PhD).

Ford Foundation Funded Human Rights, Human Diversity Predoctoral Dissertation Research Award ($5000.00, Awarded) Funding Period: 2001-2002. Project Title: Microeconomic schemes in rural Ghana: A mixed-method evaluation of microcredit membership on women's empowerment, and family planning practices (PI: Carolette Norwood, PhD).

2000. Science, Technology, and Research Scholars (STARS) summer fellowship ($5000.00, Awarded).

 

Recognition for Excellence in Research

2018 (April 13), Utafiti Award Excellence in Research, Celebration of Black Excellence from the Black Faculty Association.

 

Recognition and Awards

2021 Outstanding Faculty Award, Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati.

2018 (April 13), Utafiti Award Excellence in Research, Celebration of Black Excellence from the Black Faculty Association.

2011 Nomination Letter, Commencement Planning Committee, University of Cincinnati

2009 African American Cultural and Research Center, University of Cincinnati

2007 Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program, University of Cincinnati