A scholar, educator, and poet, Dr. LeConté J. Dill is an Associate Professor of African American and African Studies at Michigan State University. Guided by Black Feminist epistemologies and using qualitative and arts-based research methods, Dr. Dill has a commitment toward transdisciplinary, community-accountable scholarship. Her work focuses on the safety, resilience, and wellness strategies of urban Black girls and other youth of color.
Born and raised in South Central L.A., Dr. Dill earned her B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College, her Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Sciences from the University of California Los Angeles, her Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of California Berkeley, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Health Policy in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. Her scholarship is critically informed by years of working in partnership with youth and community organizers, health educators, and policy advocates at community-based organizations and public health departments on issues related to chronic disease prevention, violence intervention, and juvenile justice. A Research Associate at the African Centre for Migration & Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Dill also previously served on the faculty at several schools and programs of public health across the U.S.
Dr. Dill has been writing creatively from a young age. She was a Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop Fellow in 2016, a Small Orange Press Emerging Woman Poet Honorable Mention in 2019, and an Honorable Mention for the Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize in 2021. Dr. Dill also integrates poetry into her ethnographic research with participants in what she has coined as “participatory narrative analysis.” Dr. Dill’s scholarly and creative works have been published in a diverse array of spaces, such as the Du Bois Review, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Adolescent Research, Journal of Poetry Therapy, Poetry Magazine, The Feminist Wire, and Mom Egg Review.
Dr. Dill is deeply committed to teaching and mentoring. She actively works to amplify students as co-learners and co-scholars. Recently certified as a mindfulness instructor, Dr. Dill’s emerging work around “centering wellness” integrates meditation, poetry, and somatics for students, other researchers, and community partners.
LeConté J. Dill (2015) Poetic Justice: Engaging in Participatory Narrative Analysis to Find Solace in the “Killer Corridor,” American Journal of Community Psychology, 55:1, 128-135, DOI: 10.1007/s10464-014-9694-7
LeConté J. Dill & Emily J. Ozer (2016) “I’m Not Just Runnin’ the Streets”: Exposure to Neighborhood Violence and Risk Avoidance Strategies among Urban Youth of Color, Journal of Adolescent Research, 31:5, 536-556, DOI: 10.1177/0743558415605382
LeConté J. Dill, Mercedez Dunn, & Orrianne Morrison (2016) The Enduring Atlanta Compromise: Youth Contending with Home Foreclosures and School Closures in the “New South,” The Du Bois Review, 13:2, 365-377, DOI: 10.1017/S1742058X16000217
LeConté J. Dill (2017) “Wearing My Spiritual Jacket”: The Role of Spirituality as a Coping Mechanism Among African American Youth, Health Education & Behavior, 44:5, 696-704, DOI: 10.1177/1090198117729398
LeConté J. Dill, Bianca Rivera, & Shavaun Sutton (2018) “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, The Ethnographic Edge, 2:1, 57-65, DOI: 10.15663/tee.v2i1.30
LeConté J. Dill & Emily J. Ozer (2019) “The Hook-Up”: How Youth-Serving Organizations Facilitate Network-based Social Capital for Urban Youth of Color, Journal of Community Psychology, 47:7, 1614-1628, DOI: 10.1002/jcop.22216
LeConté J. Dill (2021) Breathe into Believing. Hypatia, 1-11. DOI: 10.1017/hyp.2021.42