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LeConté Dill

Associate Professor of African American and African Studies, Michigan State University

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About LeConté

Dill's research focuses on addressing health inequities and fostering protective factors among urban Black girls and other youth of color. Overarching themes in Dill's writings include violence prevention, resilience, and wellness.  Using qualitative and arts-based research methods, Dill has a commitment to transdisciplinary research. Guided by Black Feminist epistemologies, her recent scholarship examines police violence as a public health issue. Dill was a Fellow at the Democratizing Knowledge Institute, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Burch Minority Leadership Development Program, and Public Health Critical Race Praxis Institute.



In the News

Guest on The I AM GPH podcast , June 10, 2020.
Opinion: "Committed to Health for Black Girls," LeConté Dill, February 20, 2020.
Guest on CUNY institute for Health Equity, November 30, 2017.
Opinion: ""A Different Standard for Black Girls"," LeConté Dill, "Afro the Black Media Authority", February 18, 2015.
Opinion: "Preserving Atlanta’s Pittsburgh Neighborhood Against All Odds," LeConté Dill, "The Saporta Report", July 8, 2012.


"Poetic Justice: Engaging in Participatory Narrative Analysis to Find Solace in the “Killer Corridor”" American Journal of Community Psychology volume 55 (2015): 128-135.

This article offers "participatory narrative analysis" as a method for engaging and empowering research participants as co-researchers of study themes relating to their own lives. The article presents poems-as-data and provides examples of this poetry.

"Speaking for Ourselves: Reclaiming, Redesigning, and Reimagining Research on Black Women's Health" (with Jameta Nicole Barlow ). 16, no. 2 (forthcoming): 219-229.

This article centers Black Feminist theory as essential in public health research and practice. The article introduces a special issue of a journal focusing on Black girls' and women's health.

"The Hook-Up": How Youth-Serving Organizations Facilitate Network-Based Social Capital for Urban Youth of Color" (with Emily J Ozer). Journal of community psychology 47, no. 7 (2019): 1614-1628.

 Demonstrates how a community-based organization supports young people in leveraging educational and professional networks.

"Don’t Let Nobody Bring You Down”: How Urban Black Girls Write and Learn From Ethnographically-Based Poetry to Understand and Heal From Relationship Violence " (with Shavaun Sutton and Bianca Rivera). Contemporary Ethnography Across The Disciplines,The Ethnographic Edge 2, no. 1 (2018).

This paper examines Black girls' use of poetry to understand and heal from dating violence.

"“Wearing My Spiritual Jacket”: The Role of Spirituality as a Coping Mechanism Among African American Youth LeConté J. Dill, DrPH, MPH" Sage Journals 44, no. 5 (2017): 696-704.

This article examines the role of spirituality, not religion, in the lives of urban Black youth. Participants in the study detail how they rely on dimensions of spirituality as coping mechanisms.

"“Son of the Soil … Daughters of the Land”: Poetry Writing as a Strategy of Citizen-Making for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Johannesburg" (with Joe Veary, Elsa Oliveira, and Gabriela Martinez Castillo). Empowering women for gender equity 30, no. 1 (2016): 85-95.

This article describes how queer migrants and asylum seekers in Johannesburg, South Africa engage in poetry writing to make sense of their daily lives. The poetry created and described explore themes of migration, xenophobic and homophobic violence, and citizenship and citizen-making.