Sonja N. Woods

Sonja N. Woods, Gender Summit 5 speaker
Graduate Research Assistant, Howard University Republic of South Africa Project (HURSAP), Ph.D. Student, Department of History, Howard University, USA.

Topic H: Tackling challenges through social knowledge

Sonja N. Woods, born and raised in North Carolina, has completed her fourth year as a Ph.D. student in Howard University’s Department of History.  Her primary area of interest as an African History major is southern Africa with particular focus on South Africa.  Her minor is in African Diaspora History, and she is currently conducting research on her dissertation topic “Contributions of the Southern Africa Support Project (SASP) to the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the Washington Metropolitan Area.”

Ms Woods also serves as a Graduate Research Assistant on the Howard University Republic of South Africa Project (HURSAP), works at Moorland Spingarn Research Center as an archival collections processor, and has volunteered extensively with TransAfrica Forum and at the African American Civil War Museum.  Ms. Woods graduated from North Carolina Central University with a B.A. in English Literature and a M.A. in History.  Her master’s thesis was entitled, “Black Israelite Emancipation Theology from Emergence in the United States to Sedition in South Africa, 1885-1925.”  She has taught students of various age groups – from toddlers to senior adults – and looks forward to a career in education, research, and archives