Dr. Leigh-Anne Francis
is an Assistant Professor with a dual appointment in the departments of African and African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies at The College of New Jersey. Leigh-Anne holds a Ph.D. in United States and African American History from Rutgers University, an M.A. in U.S. and World History from SUNY Brockport, and a B.F.A.
in Painting and Illustration from R.I.T. Her unpublished book manuscript, “Jane Crow (In)Justice: Race, Crime, and Punishment in New York State, 1893—1916,” analyzes the intersections of gender, race and class by exploring crime and punishment, labor and community, through the lens of black women’s experiences while offering comparisons with imprisoned native-born and European immigrant white women. As a Rutgers graduate student, she was a volunteer instructor at Mountainvew Youth Correctional Facility for Men in New Jersey. The incarcerated and formerly incarcerated young people with whom she worked taught her many things, including how unexamined the privilege of freedom is in her life; for this gift, she is deeply grateful. In addition to mentoring formerly incarcerated students, Professor Francis has mentored and supported student activists raising consciousness about a variety of social justice issues inside and outside their college campus community, including the crisis of mass incarceration, prisoners’ rights, racial profiling, police brutality, and the institutional oppression of impoverished people, people of color, women, immigrants, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and the people at the intersections of these identities. When she is not teaching, researching or writing, she enjoys spending time with her spouse, Jenny, and their two-year old twin sons, Rustin and Langston.