Born and raised in the South Bronx, NY and the first in her family to attend college, Dr. Covington-Ward attended Strath Haven High School in Pennsylvania through the A Better Chance Program and then Brown University in Providence, RI on an academic scholarship.
My research interests revolve around the relationship between social connections and interactions and how they impact and are impacted by physical bodies. I have examined these relationships in regards to gender, individual and group identity, religion and nationalism, and am now turning my interests to self-perceived health and well-being.
As an Africanist anthropologist and educator, my main goals in teaching are: to explore the varied histories and cultures of Africa and its Diasporas, to address misconceptions about Africa and people of African descent, to get students to reflect on their own cultures before judging others, and to encourage students to enact and embody what they are learning.
Dr. Yolanda Covington-Ward is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Anthropology, Global Studies Center, African Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Programs at the University of Pittsburgh. Read More >