Dr. Janie Ward is Professor and Chair of the Department of Education, and Chair of the Africana Studies Department at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds a Doctorate in Human Development and a Masters Degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Ward, a contributor to Essence magazine, is a co-editor of Mapping the Moral Domain: A Contribution of Women’s Thinking to Psychological Theory and Research(Harvard University Press, 1988), with Carol Gilligan. Ward co-edited a compilation of sixteen autobiographical statements written by African American, Caribbean and Black Canadian college students entitled, Souls Looking Back: Life Stories of Growing Up Black (Routledge, 1999).
Ward’s book The Skin We’re In: Teaching Our Children to be Emotionally Strong, Socially Smart and Spiritually Connected (Free Press/Simon and Schuster, 2000) focused on racial socialization in black families. Her book, Gender and Teaching, with Frances Maher, published in 2001 by Lawrence Erlbaum, provides prospective and practicing teachers with a vivid, focused and interactive overview of important gender issues in education today.
For over fifteen years her professional work and research interests have centered on the developmental issues of black adolescents. Ward works with youth counselors, secondary school educators and other practitioners in a variety of settings. Her work on black adolescent women, particularly the studies of girls, self-esteem, and resistance, has been highlighted in a number of popular magazines, and she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in March 1994.