University at Albany
 

Women's Studies Faculty - Janell Hobson
Department ChairJanell Hobson

Contact Information
Office: HU 355B. Email: jhobson@albany.edu.
Website: http://janellhobson.com

Janell Hobson is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality 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 Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture (Routledge, 2005, second edition forthcoming in 2018) and Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender (SUNY Press, 2012). She has also edited the volume Are All the Women Still White? Rethinking Race, Expanding Feminisms (SUNY Press, 2016). She is a contributing writer to Ms. Magazine and its blog, as well as other online pages, including the African American Intellectual History blog and The Feminist Wire. Overall, Hobson uses a transnational lens to highlight women's iconography and experiences in the African Diaspora.

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.

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Emory University (2001)
  • M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University (1995)
  • A.B., University of Georgia (1994)

GRADUATE COURSES

  • Black Diasporas, Feminisms, and Sexual Politics
  • Black Women in U.S. History
  • Feminist Pedagogy
  • Race, Sexual Politics, and Transnational Perspectives

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

  • Classism, Racism, and Sexism
  • Feminism in Action
  • Women and the Media

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture (New York: Routledge, 2005, 2nd. edition 2018).

Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalziing Gender (NY: SUNY Press, 2012).

SELECTED ARTICLES

“Celebrity Feminism: More Than a Gateway.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 42: 4 (2017): 999-1007. Part of Currents: Feminist Key Concepts and Controversies Series. Available in open-access: http://signsjournal.org/currents-celebrity-feminism.

“Black Beauty and Digital Spaces: The New Visibility Politics.” Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media, & Technology 10 (2016). Available: http://adanewmedia.org.

"Between History and Fantasy: Harriet Tubman in the Artistic and Popular Imaginary." Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 12:2 (Fall 2014): 50-77.

"Beyoncé's Fierce Feminism" cover story in Ms. Magazine (Spring 2013): 42-45.

"The 'Batty' Politic: Toward an Aesthetic of the Black Female Body." Hypatia 18: 4 (Fall/Winter 2003): 87-105.

EDITED VOLUME

“Slavery and the Contemporary Imagination,” guest co-edited special issue with Jane Caputi for Journal of American Culture (March 2018).

Are All the Women Still White? Rethinking Race, Expanding Feminisms: Albany: SUNY Press, 2016.

"Harriet Tubman: A Legacy of Resistance," guest-edited special issue for Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 12:2 (Fall 2014).

"Representin': Women, Hip Hop, and Popular Music," special issue for Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 8: 2 (2008), guest co-edited with R. Dianne Bartlow.