Ph.D., Women's Studies. Emory University, 2001.
Dissertation: Beauty, Difference, and the Hottentot Venus: Black Feminist Revisions in Performance and Aesthetics, 1810 to the Present. Directed by Frances Smith Foster.
M.A., Teaching of English. Teachers College, Columbia University, 1995.
A.B., English, magna cum laude. University of Georgia, 1994.
Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, University at Albany, State University of New York (2002 - 2008).
Career, Leader and University Excellence Fellowship (2012-2013).
Feminist Scholar for Ford Foundation Ms. Writers' Workshop (2010).
Nuala McGann Drescher Award, State of New York/UUP Affirmative Action (2007).
Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture. New York: Routledge, 2005.
“Everybody's Protest Song: Music as Social Protest in the Performances of Marian Anderson and Billie Holiday.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (Winter 2008): 443-448.
“The Personal is Global: Teaching Global Feminist Consciousness.” Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy (Fall 2006): 96-104.
“The ‘Batty' Politic: Toward an Aesthetic of the Black Female Body.” Hypatia 18: 4 (Fall/Winter 2003-2004): 87-105.
“Viewing in the Dark: Toward a Black Feminist Approach to Film.” Women's Studies Quarterly 30: 1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2002): 45-59.
“Early African American Women Writers” with Frances Smith Foster. A History of Southern Women's Literature, 87-96. Carolyn Perry and Mary-Louise Weaks, eds. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2002.
Reviews (Academic and non-Academic):
Rev. of Patricia Hill Collins's From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism in African American Review (2008): 176-178.
“Black Herstory: Ida B. Wells, Pen Warrior.” In Ms. Magazine Blog (February 29, 2012). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2012/02/29/black-herstory-ida-b-wells-pen-warrior/
“Hollywood's Black Herstory: Have Roles for Black Women Evolved in the Past 73 Years?” In Ms. Magazine Blog (February 23, 2012). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2012/02/23/hollywoods-black-herstory-have-roles-for-black-women-evolved-in-the-past-73-years/
“Black Herstory: Haunted by Margaret Garner.” In Ms. Magazine Blog (February 18, 2012). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2012/02/18/black-herstory-haunted-by-margaret-garner
“Black Herstory: Whitney Houston's Vocal Legacy.” In Ms. Magazine Blog (February 15, 2012). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2012/02/15/black-herstory-whitney-houstons-vocal-legacy
“Black Herstory: The Founders of the Feminist Party.” In Ms. Magazine Blog (February 9, 2012). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2012/02/09/black-herstory-the-founders-of-the-feminist-party
“Black Herstory: Jamaica's Other National Hero.” In Ms. Magazine Blog (February 6, 2012). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2012/02/06/black-herstory-jamaicas-other-national-hero
“My Problem with ‘Slave Rape,' or Why I Love the Story of Sukie.” In Ms. Magazine Blog (February 2, 2012). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2012/02/02/black-herstory-why-i-love-the-story-of-sukie“Black Herstory Month Begins Today!” In Ms. Magazine Blog (February 1, 2012). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2012/02/01/black-herstory-month-begins-today
"End of the World, or End of Patriarchy?" In Ms. Magazine Blog (December 16, 2011): Available:
"Gaming: Tool of Pedagogy or Oppression?" In Ms. Magazine Blog (October 27, 2011): Available:
"Should Black Women Oppose the SlutWalk?" In Ms. Magazine Blog (September 27, 2011): Available:
"Scapegoating Black Women in a Recession." In Ms. Magazine Blog (August 25, 2011): Available:
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes Provides Lessons in Liberation" (August 14, 2011): Available:
"Loaded Guns, Loaded Metaphors: Rihanna's 'Man Down' Video." In Ms. Magazine Blog (June 3, 2011): Available:
"Beyonce: Girls Run the World (Cue the Apocalypse)." In Ms. Magazine Blog (May 20, 2011): Available:
"Witness to Rape: The Resistance of Eman al-Obeidi." In Ms. Magazine Blog (March 28, 2011): Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/03/28/witness-to-rape-the-resistance-of-eman-al-obeidi/
"Can't Stop the Women of Hip-Hop." In Ms. Magazine Blog (February 24, 2011). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/02/24/cant-stop-the-women-of-hip-hop/
"How Nicki Minaj Stumbled onto Black History." In Ms. Magazine Blog (February 2, 2011). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/02/02/how-nicki-minaj-stumbled-onto-black-history/
"A Method to His Madness? Gender-Based Violence in the Tucson Shootings." In The Feminist Wire (January 24, 2011). Available: http://www.thefeministwire.com/2011/01/24/a-method-to-his-madness-gender-based-violence-in-the-tucson-shootings/
"Precious Swan." In Ms. Magazine Blog (January 22, 2011). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/01/22/precious-swan/
"Am I the Only Feminist Who Liked Perry's 'For Colored Girls'?" In Ms. Magazine Blog (November 18, 2010). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/11/18/am-i-the-only-feminist-who-liked-perrys-for-colored-girls/
"Black-Grrl Power: Willow Smith and Sesame Street." In Ms. Magazine Blog (October 26, 2010). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/10/26/black-grrl-power-willow-smith-and-sesame-street/
"What Would bell hooks Say?" In Ms. Magazine Blog (September 10, 2010). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/09/10/what-would-bell-hooks-say/
"Who's Afraid of the Single Black Woman?" In Ms. Magazine Blog (August 19, 2010). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/08/19/whos-afraid-of-the-single-black-woman/
"How Gender Fits into the Shirley Sherrod Affair." In Ms. Magazine Blog (July 26, 2010). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/07/26/how-gender-fits-into-the-shirley-sherrod-affair/
"Crystal Bowersox: Feminist Idol?" In Ms. Magazine Blog (May 25, 2010). Available: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/05/25/crystal-bowersox-feminist-idol/
WORKS IN PROGRESS
Invited chapter, “Artistic Representation,” for volume on A Cultural History of Women, ed. Liz Conor .
Edited volume, Are All the Women Still White? Feminism, Women's Studies, and the Politics of Inclusion. (Under review at University of Illinois Press)
“A Women's History of the World: Decolonizing Our Feminist (Word) Views.” Delivered at Indiana University at South Bend, IN. October 8, 2008.
"Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice: Operationalizing a Feminist Vision of Intersectionality." Keynote Panel at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, Albany, NY. September 25, 2008.
“Evolutions in Stereotype: Sara Baartman, Violent Legacies, and the Burden of Representation.” Delivered at Le Moyne College. March 8, 2006.
Guest Lecture delivered for the Graduate Seminar, “Special Topics: Critical Readings in Black Popular Culture,” taught by Associate Professor Mark Anthony Neal at Duke University. February 20, 2006.
“Why Sara Baartman Matters: Reclaiming the Hottentot Venus for Women's Studies.” Delivered at the University of Maryland for the lecture series, “The Possibilities of Women's Studies: Emerging Scholars Herald the Future.” March 9, 2005.
Presentations at Professional Conferences
“‘I Am Beloved and She is Mine': The Impact of Toni Morrison's Beloved on Black Feminist Narratives.” Delivered at the 9th Annual Collegium for African American Research Conference. Paris, France. April 2011.
“Will the Revolution Be Digitized?” Delivered at the National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. November 2010.
“A Women's History of the Caribbean.” Delivered at the National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. November 2009.
"Global Spheres, Local Contexts, and Militarized Violence against Black Women." Delivered at the National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference. Cincinnati, OH. June 2008.
“Christena: Memories of a Ferryboat Disaster.” Delivered at the Collegium for African American Research Conference , Madrid , Spain. April 2007.
“Digital Whiteness, Primitive Blackness: Racializing the ‘Digital Divide' in Film and Art.” Delivered at Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference, Albuquerque, NM. February 2006.
“Decolonizing the Future: Reclaiming Cyber Environments.” Roundtable Panel moderated at National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. June 2005.
“The Emergence of the Hottentot Venus in Transatlantic Discourse.” Delivered at Collegium for African American Research Conference, Tours, France. April 2005.
“The Hottentot Venus Revisited: Locating Saartjie Baartman in Transatlantic Black Feminist Discourse.” Delivered at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. November 2004.
“Risking Rhetoric: Black (W)holes, White Spaces, and Cultural Representations of Black Atlantic Womanhood.” Roundtable Panel presented at National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI. June 2004.
“The Caribbean as Cultural Commodity: A Reading of Edwidge Danticat.” Delivered at the Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference, St. Kitts, West Indies. May 2004.
“Freedom in the Shadows of Slavery: Traumas of Emancipation in Toni Morrison's Beloved and Kara Walker's Silhouettes.” Delivered at National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. June 2003.
“Performing Black Venus.” Delivered at Collegium for African American Research Conference, Winchester, England. April 2003.
“Black Atlantic Discourse in Black Feminist Films: The Case of Julie Dash and Ngozi Onwurah.” Delivered at Collegium for African American Research, Winchester, England. April 2003.
“New Age Africa: Commodification, Cultural Identity, and the Romanticization of ‘Africa.'” Delivered at National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV. June 2002.
“Remembering Saartjie: The Politics of Memorializing the Hottentot Venus in the Black Atlantic.” Delivered at Collegium for African American Research Conference, Williamsburg, VA. May 2000.
“The Black Feminist Scholar: Within and Without the Academy.” Delivered at Black Women in the Academy Conference, Washington DC. June 1999.
“I'm Not Caliban's Woman: Responding to Sylvia Wynter.” Delivered at Caribbean Studies Association Conference, St. John, Antigua, WI. May 1998.
“To Make Women Butterflies: The ‘Image-Making Powers' of Julia Alvarez and Edwidge Danticat.” Delivered at Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars Conference, Grand Anse, Grenada, WI. May 1998.
“The Invisible Made Visible: Revolutionary Images and the Oppositional Gaze in Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust.” Delivered at American Women Writers of Color Conference, Ocean City, MA. October 1997.
“Rethinking Women of Color in History.” Delivered at the Professor Emeritus Center, University at Albany. October 15, 2009.
"Venus and the Hottentot: Situating the Black Female Body in Art and History." Delivered at the Department of Art, University at Albany. April 9, 2008.
“Pedagogy of the Privileged: Feminist Pedagogy and the Challenge of Diversity in the College Classroom.” Delivered at the “American Dilemmas” Diversity Conference, University at Albany. May 23, 2007.
"Feminist Instructor and the Classroom Challenge." Roundtable Discussant at the "Feminism, Activism, and the Academy" Regional Conference, College of St. Rose. March 24, 2007
Panelist in Response to Euripides' Trojan Women, directed by Jackie Roberts. April 30, 2006.
“Pictorial Evidence and Digital Circuits: Framing the Black Female Body in Photography and Cyberspace.” Delivered at the University at Albany Humanitech Conference, Albany, NY. April 23, 2004.
Keynote Address at Cultural Studies Conference. April 27, 2003.
“Something about the Subject Makes it Hard to Teach: Issues of Diversity in the Classroom.” Delivered at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. March 19, 2003.
“Romancing the Other: Appropriations of Third World Sexuality and Spirituality” with Viven Ng and Jennifer Champ. Delivered at Women's Studies Colloquium, University at Albany. April 26, 2002.“‘What Makes the Hottentot so Hot?' Researching Saartjie Baartman in Paris” with Namita Goswami. Delivered at Women's Studies Colloquium, Emory University. April 24, 2000.
WSS 282Z: “Narratives and Counter-Narratives” (to serve as a general education writing intensive course and an introductory course to the concentration in “Writing, Arts, and Activism” for the undergraduate major in Women's Studies)
WSS 361: “Gender and Nation in World Cinema” (developed with Vivien Ng)
WSS 545: “Black Diasporas, Feminisms, and Sexual Politics”
Master's Thesis Projects and Senior Honors Projects
Alysha Cooley, Comprehensive Exam on Black Masculinities. (M.A. – Fall 2006)
Amirah Cousins, Representations of a Black/White Confluence of Racial Identity: Literature and the Tragic Mulatta. (M.A. – Spring 2007)
Emily Dimon, Marked Territories: Colonial Narratives of Pierced and Tattooed Bodies in Film. (M.A. – Spring 2004)
Allison Lamphere, Curing “Mad Women” in Film. (M.A. – Spring 2011)
Jiel Latimer, Policing the Beat: Hip-Hop Bodies on Lockdown (Film). (M.A. - Spring 2009)
Abigail Lemon, Comprehensive Exam on Feminist Political Thought. (M.A. - Spring 2012)
Anne Lotito, Between the Lines: An Introduction to the 1870 Diary of Emma White. (M.A. – Spring 2004)
Victoria Melillo, Media Representations and Curriculum Planning for Teen-Dating Violence Awareness. (M.A. - Spring 2012)
Sylvia E. Perez, Sex on the Beach: Tourism in Contemporary Advertisements (Film) . (M.A. – Fall 2007)
Melissa Tacke, Constructing Identity, History, and Knowledge in the Comix of Miné Okubo and Marjane Satrapi. (M.A. – Spring 2005)
___________, Whose Queer Planet? Western Hegemony, Colonial Legacies, and the Globalization of LGBT Identities and Movements. Recipient of Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research. (B.A. – Spring 2003)
Shantala Thompson, Gladys Bentley and A'Lelia Walker: Queering Black Women's History. (MA - Spring 2011)
Serving as Committee Member:
Amy Scott, The Commodification of Girl Culture (M.A. – expected Summer 2008)
Student Conferences Supervised at University at Albany, SUNY:
Home/land (In)Securities: A Critical Feminist Conference in Response to Hurricane Katrina. (Fall 2005)
Instructional Technology Training
Online Course Development (with Blackboard CE6)
State University of New York:
University at Albany:
Classroom Committee (2011-present)
College of Arts and Sciences:
Department of Women's Studies:
Undergraduate Committee (2003-present)
Job Search Committees (Fall 2003, Fall 2005)
COLLOQUIA, SYMPOSIA, FILM SERIES, AND EXHIBITS ORGANIZED
A Question of Liberation: Women's History Month Series (Spring 2011) – University at Albany.
African Studies Association
Research Interests: global critical race and black feminist theories; interdisciplinary approaches to literature, film, and popular culture.
Teaching Interests: engaged pedagogy; teaching with technology; online instruction.