Janell 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), and the forthcoming When God Lost Her Tongue: Historical Consciousness and the Black Feminist Imagination (Routledge, 2021). 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. Hobson also edited the collection, The Routledge Companion to Black Women’s Cultural Histories and is the Routledge book series editor of “Subversive Histories, Feminist Futures.”
Hobson develops with her students digital public education projects, which have shaped her Digital Classroom. She also engages in public scholarship (see below).
NYS Writers Institute’s Conversation with Julie Suk, author of We the Women (May 4, 2021).
Interview with WMHT-TV/PBS: AHA! House of the Arts (Black History Month 2021).
Lesson on Harriet Tubman (TED ED):
#Lemonade: A Black Feminist Online Resource List was compiled by Janell Hobson and Jessica Marie Johnson, in the wake of the release of pop star Beyonce’s Lemonade visual album in 2016.
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Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
1400 Washington Avenue, HUM 355
Albany, NY 12222.
Phone: (518) 442-4220
Fax: (518) 442-4419