Sue Houchins

by Justin Knight, photographer for Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School

Sue E. Houchins


African American Studies

Associate Professor

Pettengill Hall, Room 219

American Cultural Studies








Sue Houchins, holds an appointment in the African American Studies Program and teaches courses cross-listed in Religion and Women and Gender Studies. The topics of her research are at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality and explore women of the Black Atlantic. Presently she is completing a book-length study of the representations of Black lesbians in texts drawn from the women’s literatures of Africa and its Diaspora. With her colleague Baltasar Fra-Molinero, she is publishing for Vanderbilt University Press a translation with a critical and historical introduction of the eighteenth-century Spanish hagiography of Sor Teresa Chicaba, an African woman who spent her years after enslavement in a Dominican cloistered monastery. Currently she is the co-director of the archives of southern African author Bessie Head and of the Khama Papers in the Khama III Memorial Museum, Serowe, Botswana.