Scholar, Writer, Educator, Critic

SLO_5505Janell Hobson is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where she currently serves as Department Chair. She is the author of Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture (Routledge, 2005, 2nd ed. 2018) and Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender (SUNY Press, 2012). She also writes and blogs for Ms. Magazine and authored several cover stories for the magazine, including”Beyoncé’s Fierce Feminism” (Spring 2013). She also writes and engages in scholarship on representations of historical figure, Harriet Tubman. Overall, Hobson’s work intersects history, popular culture, and representations of women of African descent.

In addition, Hobson develops with her students digital public education projects, which have shaped her Digital Classroom.

Mailing Address and Contact Info.

Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
1400 Washington Avenue, HUM 355
Albany, NY 12222.
Phone: (518) 442-4220
Fax: (518) 442-4419

Lesson on Harriet Tubman (TED ED):

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