Dr. Evans was appointed Professor and Director of the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality in 2019. She holds a Ph.D. in Afro-American Studies, with a concentration in History and Politics and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Evans has accrued much experience as faculty and administration at several institutions. After eight years as a faculty member in Women’s Studies and African American Studies (and one year as Director of AAS) at the University of Florida, in 2011, Dr. Evans joined the Department of African American Studies, Africana Women’s Studies, and History at Clark Atlanta University, where she served as Department Chair from 2011-2019.
Professor Evans’ areas of research specialization include Black women’s intellectual history, mental health and wellness; social justice and empowerment education; African American autobiography and memoir; research methods in African American history and digital humanities; community engagement, service learning, and community-based research; and sexual violence prevention and survivor advocacy. Her current research explores Black women’s historical wellness, specifically investigating themes of inner peace, self-worth and self-care practice, stress management methods, and healing traditions in elder memoirs.