Tamanika Ferguson

Professional Track Faculty

Ph.D., Howard University

3116 Skinner Building
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Dr. Ferguson is a critical race and gender communications scholar with a specific focus on African Americans caught up in the criminal justice system. Her research has appeared in the book #Fierce Feminism: Women in the 21st Century: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Kendall Hunt). Her doctoral dissertation Women in Prison Speak: A Case Study of Writings by Incarcerated Women and Their Advocates situates the voices and perspectives of incarcerated women within the broader discourses on prison rights, prison reform, and prison abolition. Her article, Coming From the Inside: The Emergence of Incarcerated Women’s Voices, is currently under review and another manuscript is currently in progress. Dr. Ferguson is in the process of exploring how the role of technology and social media could aid social justice organizations in expanding the voices of incarcerated women who are empowered to advocate for structural changes within the prison and the criminal justice system.

In 2017, Dr. Ferguson completed a yoga teacher’s training program and established Circle of Life Yoga & Empowerment Center. Dr. Ferguson’s vision is to align her teaching and research career with her spiritual work and practice.

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