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Sally A. Nuamah, assistant professor at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, has been named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced today.

Nuamah is one of 32 scholars selected from 273 nominations for the prestigious fellowship, which includes an award of up to $200,000 to support a single research project. She plans to pursue a study of “How the Punishment of Black Women and Girls Affects Our Democracy.”

Her work focuses on race, gender and education policy, which is the topic of her new book, How Girls Achieve (Harvard University Press, 2019). The book details the unaddressed barriers black girls face in obtaining an education, from sexual violence to unequal access to resources. Drawing on her work in the United States, Ghana and South Africa, Nuamah calls for “feminist schools,” which will not only help girls achieve, but provide a better environment for all students.

Nuamah is also a documentary filmmaker, an advocate for girls’ education and founder of a nonprofit, the TWII Foundation, that supports girls in Ghana on their way to becoming the first in their families to attend college.

She will appear at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham at 7 p.m. tonight to discuss, How Girls Achieve, with filmmaker and advocate Laura Edwards, founder of the North Carolina nonprofit Women Advance. The talk is co-sponsored by the Duke Forum for Scholars and Publics. 

The Carnegie Corporation of New York was established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. It focuses on international peace, education and knowledge, and a strong democracy.