Women's Studies Faculty - Janell Hobson
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Janell Hobson is Associate Professor
and the current Graduate Director of Women's Studies at the University at Albany. She joined the core
faculty shortly after receiving her Ph.D. in Women's Studies at Emory
University. Hobson has since devoted her research, teaching, and
service to multiracial and transnational feminist issues in the discipline.
Hobson is the author of Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender (SUNY Press, 2012) and Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture (Routledge, 2005).. She also writes and blogs for Ms. Magazine. Overall, Hobson uses a transnational lens to highlight women's iconography and experiences in global or black diasporic perspective.
Apart from teaching diverse courses on intersections of race, class, gender, media, popular culture, and feminist theory, Hobson engages in digital projects with her students.
Emory University (2001)
- M.A., Teachers
College, Columbia University (1995)
- A.B., University
of Georgia (1994)
- Black Diasporas, Feminisms, and Sexual Politics
Racism, and Sexism
Social and Political Thought
- Women and
Publishing in Women's Studies
- Gender and Nation in World Cinema
Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalziing Gender (NY: SUNY Press, 2012).
Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty
in Popular Culture (New
York: Routledge, 2005).
"Digital Whiteness, Primitive Blackness: Racializing the
'Digital Divide' in Film and Art." Feminist
Media Studies 8: 2
(June 2008)" 111-126.
"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):
"The 'Batty' Politic: Toward an Aesthetic of the Black Female
Body." Hypatia 18: 4 (Fall/Winter 2003): 87-105.
"Viewing in the Dark: Toward a Black Feminist Approach to
Film." Women's Studies Quarterly 30: 1 & 2 (Spring/Summer
"Representin': Women, Hip Hop, and Popular Music," special
issue for Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 8:
guest co-edited with R. Dianne Bartlow.