Tracie Gilbert

Tracie Q. Gilbert, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Human Sexuality Studies (2018)
    Widener University (PA)
  • M.Ed., Human Sexuality Studies (2012)
    Widener University (PA)
  • M.S.Ed., Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development (2010)
    University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • M.A.I.A., Communication & Development Studies (2002)
    Ohio University (OH)
  • BA, Spanish
    Tennessee State University (TN)

About Me

I am an educator, writer and researcher, with nearly 25 years of experience centering the educational development of urban youth, young adults, and their advocates. I received my Masters of Science in Education at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, and my PhD from the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University. My dissertation was a grounded theory on the lived experience of sexuality among African Americans, from which I developed Black Sexual Epistemology, a multi-layered, culturally-centered model of sexiness development.

Outside of Widener, I have taught for a number of universities and non-profits, including Answer @ Rutgers, Christiana Healthcare Systems, the Innovative Learning Institute, and the Center for Sex Education. I was the 2014 inaugural Minority Faculty Fellow at Murray State University, where I taught for 2 years in the departments of Psychology and Gender and Diversity Studies.

Research Interests

  • Sexual Racism
  • Structures & Schema of Racialized Sexual Phenomenology
  • Adolescent Sexual Development
  • Developmental Sexuality Education (Curriculum & Instruction)
  • Parent Sex Education in Afro-Descended Communities
  • Sexuality & Faith


  • Gilbert, T. Q. (in press) Black and sexy: A framework of racialized sexuality. United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Clark, T., Gilbert, T., & Rayne, K. (Eds.) (2019) Orientation: Teaching about identity, attraction, and behavior. Morristown, NJ: Center for Sex Education. 
  • Clark, T., Gilbert, T., & Rayne, K. (Eds.) (2018) 25 great lessons about sexual orientation. Morristown, NJ: Center for Sex Education
  • McKee, R., Galarza, J., & Gilbert, T. (Eds.) (2016) Taking sides: Clashing views in human sexuality. New York: McGraw Hill Publishers.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
  • Women of Color Sexual Health Network


  • Distinguished Dissertation Award, Widener University (2019)
  • Schiller Prize, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, & Therapists (2019)



  • Human Sexuality Faculty Member Publishes First Book

    Assistant Professor Tracie Q. Gilbert has published her first book, Black & Sexy: A Framework of Racialized Sexuality through Taylor & Francis Publishing, a subsidiary of Routledge. The book is an in-depth look at the role race plays in the sexual ideation and imagination of African-American people. 

    It is based on dissertation research from which Gilbert created a theoretical model of sexual engagement, entitled Black Sexual Epistemology. The book begins with an overview of how race has impacted sexuality for African Americans over time. It ends with practical insight on how sexuality practitioners can more effectively address race and racial injustice in the work they do with students and clients. 
    The book is available for purchase online.

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