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Director, Shirley Chisholm Project

Assistant Professor, Africana Studies & Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Brooklyn College, CUNY 
1207 Ingersoll Hall 
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Office Phone: 718-951-5476





Zinga A. Fraser, PhD is the Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism from 1945- Present at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She has a doctorate in African American Studies from Northwestern University specializing in Race, Politics, and Culture. Zinga received her Bachelor of Arts from Temple University in Political Science with a minor in African American Studies. In 2005, Zinga obtained a Master’s of Arts from the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University, where she was a Paul Robeson Fellow.  Her work focuses on African American Politics,  Black Women’s History and Feminism. She has examined the life and work of Shirley Chisholm over eight years. Her master’s thesis, “Unbought and Unbossed: A Radical Political Ideology” received the Zora Neale Hurston Award, Excellence in Writing Award for Social Sciences at Columbia University.  Her dissertation is a comparative study of Barbara Jordan and Shirley Chisholm and Black women’s politics in the Post Civil Rights Era.


Zinga has also worked for the former Congressman Major R. Owens, the Lawyer’s Committee for Human Rights and served as the U.S. Policy Program Coordinator for the Women’s Environmental and Development Organization. 


In 2010-2012 she was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. She was also awarded the 2009-2010 Vivian A. Ware Fellowship from the Delta Research and Educational Foundation. Dr. Zinga Fraser was recently awarded the 2014 Byran Jackson Dissertation Research on Minority Politics Award, which recognizes outstanding scholarship by a graduate student in the area of race and urban politics, from the American Political Science Association. Zinga A. Fraser currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Fraser has been featured in several media outlets including the New York Times, Associated Press, Washington Post, BBC World News, San Francisco Chronicle, NBC, CBS, NY1, USA Today, Essence, Elle, The New York Amsterdam News, Chronicle of Higher Education, Time Magazine and more.

Press Release from The    American    Association    of    University    Women    (AAUW)    

"Assistant    Professor    Dr.    Zinga    A.    Fraser    Receives    A    Prestigious    AAUW    Award        Named    a    2017-2018    Postdoctoral    Fellow"

Awarded    from    one    of    the    world’s    oldest    fellowship    programs    for    women

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“A Road Less Traveled: Black Congressional Women’s Political Legacies.”

“Call Me Madame President: Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 Presidential Campaign.” 


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