Stephanie Sears is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of San Francisco. She is also a faculty member in the African American Studies and Critical Diversity Studies programs. Her research and teaching interests include gender, race and ethnicity, youth cultures, and dance. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her research examines the ways race, class, gender, sexuality, and generation intersect and interact in complex and contradictory ways often simultaneously reproducing oppression and facilitating empowerment. These theoretical concerns and interdisciplinary approach formed the basis of her book, Imagining Black Womanhood, in which she examines how Black women and girls work with and against each other to create safe space, construct identities and empower themselves. Her current research, Dance Lessons, builds upon these interests and asks how race, class, gender, sexuality and generational politics are created, performed and negotiated via dance. Professor Sears teaches several courses, including Introduction to Sociology; Sociology of Gender; African American Culture and Society; Social Problems; Critical Race and Ethnicity; Sociology of Hip Hop; Community Organizing; and the Honors Thesis Seminar. Dr. Sears is a co-lead for the Black Achievement Success and Engagement (BASE) initiative, and the founding faculty director of the Esther Madriz Diversity Scholars Living-Learning Community, a social justice themed community that critically explores issues of diversity, inequality, and social change. She received her BA in psychology from Stanford University, MA in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State, and her PhD from Yale University’s joint program in African American Studies and Sociology.