Janelle L. White received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2005. Her doctoral work examines U.S.-based Black women's mobilization to confront sexual and domestic violence. She has been active in the movement to end violence against women for over fifteen years, working with the University of Michigan Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, the YWCA Rape Crisis Program of Greater New Orleans, INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, the Hate Crimes Project of the Lesbian and Gay Community Center of New Orleans, and as Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of New Orleans (UNO) and Director of the UNO Women's Center. In Spring 2006, she joined the SFSU Women and Gender Studies faculty as a lecturer where she offers classes on women and the prison industrial complex and history of African American women.