A professor at the City College of the City University of New York, bell hooks has written a series of provocative articles and books on the history of African American women, on the relationships between African American men and women, and on contemporary African American art and music. She addresses the broader issues of feminism in Ain’t I a Woman: black women and feminism (1981); of intellectual life in Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life (1991); and of education in Teaching to Transgress: Education and the Practice of Freedom (1994).
Bauer, Michelle. “Implementing a Liberatory Feminist Pedagogy: Bell Hooks’ Strategies for Transforming the Classroom.” MELUS 25, no. 3 (2000): 265-274. Analyzes Hooks’s theories of teaching, focusing on Teaching to Transgress.
Cheng, Cliff. “A Review Essay on the Books of Bell Hooks: Organizational Diversity Lessons from a Thoughtful Race and Gender Heretic.” The Academy of Management Review 22, no. 2 (1997): 553-564. A review of Hooks’s theories aimed at a group that might be considered her symbolic enemies.
Florence, Namulundah. Bell Hooks’ Engaged Pedagogy: A Transgressive Education for Critical Consciousness. Westport, Conn.: Bergin and Garvey, 1998. An analysis of Hooks’s educational philosophy, especially as regards racism and sexism.
Grunnell, Marianne, and Sawitri Saharso. “Bell Hooks and Nira Yuval-Davis on Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender.” European Journal of Women’s Studies 6, no. 2 (1999): 203-219. Analyzes Hooks’s positions on race, ethnicity, class, and gender from her philosophical perspective and her personal political commitment.
Martin, Joan M. “The Notion of Difference for Emerging Womanist Ethics.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 9, no. 1/2 (1993): 39-51. Explores the epistemological and methodological stances of Hooks and Audre Lorde in understanding black women’s lives.
Valdivia, Angharad N. “Bell Hooks: Ethics from the Margins.” Qualitative Inquiry 8, no. 4 (2002): 429-447. An overview and review of Hooks’s works and the evolution in her philosophy.