About Me

About Me

Jacinta R. Saffold, PhD

is an African American literary scholar invested in how twentieth and twenty-first century fiction help construct and contest intersections of race, gender, class, age, and geography on metropolitan cityscapes of the African Diaspora. She is developing her manuscript, Books and Beats: The Cultural Kinship of Street Lit and Hip Hop, and her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Words Beats & Life and the Metropolitan Universities Journal.

Dr. Saffold received her Ph.D. from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also received graduate certificates in Advanced Feminist Studies and African Diaspora Studies. She graduated magna cum laude from Emory University with a B.A. in African American Studies and Educational Studies. Dr. Saffold’s research has been generously supported by the Mellon Mays Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


For the past ten years, I have been researching and providing administrative services at the critical intersection of race, gender, and culture. With a background in African American Studies, Black Feminist research, and liberal arts administration, I have a thorough understanding of the current state of higher education and how to support students academically and socially. 

Guiding Quote

Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize.”