Janell Hobson

Janell Hobson
Professor, Department Chair
Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
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Ph.D., Emory University (2001)

M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University (1995)

A.B., University of Georgia (1994)

Janell Hobson

Personal Page: http://janellhobson.com/

Office Hours: Thursday 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. or by appointment

Janell Hobson is 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, 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, as well as various online platforms. She also guest edited special volumes on Harriet Tubman and slavery in popular culture. She is currently writing a book, When God Lost Her Tongue: Historical Consciousness and the Black Feminist Imagination, and is editing the Routledge Companion to Black Women’s Cultural Histories. Overall, Hobson uses a transnational lens to highlight women's iconography and experiences in the African Diaspora.

Hobson teaches diverse courses on intersections of race, class, gender, media, popular culture, and feminist theory.


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


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