Aaronette White

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Consortium Fellow, 2002–2003
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Aaronette M. White came to her Consortium fellowship with a Ph.D. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to her time at the Consortium, she was a fellow at the Bunting Program of the Radcliffe Institute (1998-1999) and at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American research at Harvard University (2001-2002). Her research interests included critical psychology, socio-political identity changes in adulthood, the psychology of collective action, and behavioral and attitudinal cross-cultural correlates of race, gender, and class-consciousness. Dr. White published extensively in professional psychology and interdisciplinary journals such as the Journal of Black Psychology, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Women’s Studies International Journal, and Gender & Society. She taught and conducted research in the United States, Western Europe (University of Amsterdam), South America (University of Suriname), and South Africa (University of the Western Cape). While a fellow with the Consortium, Dr. White was based at the Women and Public Policy Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She studied the diverse experiences of African women guerrilla soldiers in order to understand why and under what conditions women voluntarily join guerrilla armies. The result was her Consortium Working Paper "All the Men are Fighting for Freedom, All the Women are Mourning Their Men, but Some of Us Carried Guns: Fanon’s Psychological Perspectives on War and African Women Combatants," which was later published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.  The Consortium mourns Aaronette's untimely passing on August 13, 2012. 

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