Dr. Leah Fulton

School of Education Faculty Member Publishes Article on Black Mothers in Higher Education

Dr. Leah Fulton, who has taught in the School of Education Leadership and Student Affairs programs for three years, recently published “The Uses of Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Black Mothers in Higher Education” in Volume 16, Issue 4 of the Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education.

Abstract: This conceptual article identifies the ways that the seventeenth-century slave code, partus sequitur ventrem (PSV), “the child follows the mother” is a functioning allochronism that undergirds the treatment of Black mothers in contemporary institutions of higher education. Through conceptualizing three functions of PSV, pathology, appropriation, and erasure, the author animates the ways that the academy continues to recreate U.S. il/logics committed to the exploitation of Black maternity.