Toni King

Toni King

Director, The Center for Black Studies
Position Type
- Present

Toni King came to the University in 1997 and holds a joint appointment in Black Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. Since that time she has served intermittently as the Director of the Center for Black Studies, and contributed broadly to the life of the College including: serving as Associate Provost for Faculty Diversity at Denison from 2009-2014, being one of the founding members of the Faculty of Color/International Faculty group in 2008, and serving as a co-chair of the Black Caucus for many years. Dr. King teaches introductory courses in Black Studies and in Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as a course in her area of specialization: Black Women and Organizational Leadership. Toni King was named to the Richard Lucier Endowed Chair, 2018-2023.

King’s book: Black Womanist Leadership: Tracing the Motherline, co-edited with S. Alease Ferguson published in 2011 by SUNY press anthologizes narratives of leadership transmission. In this book, thirteen women scholars, educators, and community leaders tell the stories of how they were socialized to lead by the women of their Motherline. The book then theoretically frames these narratives via the nexus of socio-political resistance, adult development, and leadership.

B.A., Oklahoma State University; M.A., Ohio State University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University



King, Toni C., “Mothering past the line of no defense:  Millennial Daughters on the Path to Crafting a Black Feminism of Their Own,” in  Patricia Hill Collins Reconceiving Motherhood, Kaila Adia Story, ed., Bradford, Ontario. 2014.

King, Toni C. and Ferguson, S. Alease. Black Womanist Leadership: Tracing the Motherline. SUNY Press. 2011.

“The Curriculum that Has No Name: A Choreo-pedagogy for colored girls seeking to fly over the rainbow.” In Black Women’s Liberatory Pedagogies: Resistance, Transformation, and Healing Within and Beyond the Academy, O. Perlow, D. Wheeler, S. Bethea, Eds. Palgrave. 2018.


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