Charmaine Lang is a doctoral candidate in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Her dissertation research uses ethnographic methods to examine the self-care practices of Black women activists in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Her teaching and research interests include African American Literature, Women and Sexuality Studies, Black Feminisms and Reproductive Justice. She is a California State University, Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Fellow and a 2018 UWM Tennessen Scholar.
As a writer and researcher, Charmaine explores the ways Black women thrive in oppressive and emotionally taxing environments. As a current Fellow in the Echoing Ida Program, she works to amplify the voices and experiences of queer Black women. Her work has been published in MomsRising.Blog, Rewire.News, Ms. Magazine, The Root, and For Harriet. Through these avenues, she explores the intersections of social class, wellness and pleasure amongst Black women, while connecting these themes to the long tradition of Black women’s activism in the United States.
She believes that the voices of Black women are essential in creating new narratives and practices that will facilitate a balance between activism, scholarly pursuits and wellness.
With her leisure time, Charmaine enjoys Chicago style stepping, reading novels and narratives by and for Black women, traveling domestically and internationally, and pursuing new food experiences.