Dr. Nishaun T. Battle, Virginia State University
Dr. Nishaun T. Battle is the author of Black Girlhood, Punishment, and Resistance: Reimagining Justice for Black Girls in Virginia by Routledge Publishing. She is an associate professor at Virginia State University. Dr. Battle is the principal investigator of the STOP School Violence grant funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2021, she published “Black Girls and the Beauty Salon: Fostering a Safe Space for Collective Self-Care” in Gender & Society. Dr. Battle engages in ongoing community advocacy with organizations centered on promoting social and legal justice for Black girls and girls of color in the surrounding Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia, areas. She is a wellness lifestyle coach and consultant, a Mellon Fellow with the Democratizing Knowledge Project, and a participant of the Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute at the University of Maryland-College Park. Dr. Battle is also a contributor for the Howard University Social Justice consortium, a board of directors member for the nonprofit organization l Pretty Purposed, and a technical assistant with Mentor Virginia.