Joanne Hall, professor of nursing, has received recognition for her recent article published in Nursing Outlook. She and Becky Fields are tackling the continuing problems with racism and microaggression in nursing, a profession that is comprised predominantly of white females. The title of their article is “Continuing the Conversation in Nursing on Race and Racism.” In an interview after the publication of that article, Hall stated that “the level of [nursing’s] diversity has just not changed in step with the history of other health professions.”
Another article by this research team is “Race and Microaggression in Nursing Knowledge Development,” which was published in Advances in Nursing Science. Microaggression is a topic that is gaining interdisciplinary interest, particularly among the health professions. According to Hall and Fields, forms of microaggression range from daily slights, to unintended subtle racism toward black people by white people. Key to understanding subtle racism or microaggression are the topics of colorblindness, minimization of racism, and white privilege.
Hall’s research focuses on marginalized populations. The National Institutes of Health funded her study of women’s thriving after childhood maltreatment as an R01. Hall is considered an expert in narrative analysis and other qualitative methods. She recently authored a chapter titled “The Power of Qualitative Research: Critical Research with Traumatized, Marginalized Groups,” in the Routledge International Handbook of Qualitative Nursing Research.
Hall completed her PhD and a post-doctorate at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and an active member of the AAN Expert Panel on Violence as well as the Expert Panel for LGBTQ Health. Hall recently became President-Elect of the Faculty Senate and was selected as a Fellow in the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program.