Ph.D., Women’s Studies. Emory University, 2001.
M.A., Teaching of English. Teachers College, Columbia University, 1995.
A.B., English. University of Georgia, 1994.
Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, University at Albany, State University of New York (2008-present).
Chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (effective Fall 2017)
Director of Graduate Studies (2007-2009, 2010-2014)
Director of Undergraduate Studies (beginning Fall 2014)
Interim Chair of Women’s Studies (Spring/Summer 2009)
Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture. New York: Routledge, 2005, 2nd. edition, 2018.
Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender. Albany: SUNY Press, 2012.
Refereed Journal 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/2016/10/issue10-hobson/.
“Between History and Fantasy: Harriet Tubman in the Artistic and Popular Imaginary.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 12: 2 (Fall 2014): 50-77.
“Digital Whiteness, Primitive Blackness: Racializing the ‘Digital Divide’ in Film and New Media.” 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): 443-448.
“The Personal is Global: Teaching Global Feminist Consciousness.” Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy (Fall 2006): 96-104.
“The ‘Batty’ Politic: Toward an Aesthetic of the Black Female Body.” Hypatia 18: 4 (Fall/Winter 2003-2004): 87-105.
“Viewing in the Dark: Toward a Black Feminist Approach to Film.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 30: 1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2002): 45-59.
“Slavery and the Contemporary Imagination,” guest co-edited special issue with Jane Caputi for Journal of American Culture, forthcoming in 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 – forthcoming).
“Representin’: Women, Hip Hop, and Popular Music,” special issue for Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 8: 2 (2008), guest co-edited with R. Dianne Bartlow.
“Feminists Debate Beyoncé.” In The Beyoncé Effect: Connecting Gender, Race, and Body Politics, Adrienne Trier-Bieniek, ed. Forthcoming by McFarland Publishing.
“Artistic Representation: From Cinema to the Interactive Screen.” In A Cultural History of Women (in the Modern Age), vol. 6, 165-180. Liz Conor, ed. Sydney: Bloomsbury, 2013.
“Militarizing Women in Film: Toward a Cinematic Framing of War and Terror.” In Security Disarmed: Critical Perspectives on Gender, Race, and Militarization, 367-387. Barbara Sutton, Sandra Morgen, and Julie Novkov, eds. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2008.
“Searching for Janet in Cyberspace: Race, Gender, and the Interface of Technology.” In Techknowledgies: New Imaginaries in Humanities, Arts, and Techno-sciences. Mary Valentis, ed. London: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.
“Early African American Women Writers” with Frances Smith Foster. A History of Southern Women’s Literature, 87-96. Carolyn Perry and Mary-Louise Weaks, eds. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2002.
“Transformation of Consciousness: The National Women’s Studies Association and the Combahee River Collective’s ‘Black Feminist Statement’ Turn 40,” with Karon Jolna, in Ms. Magazine (Fall 2017): 48-50.
“Portraying Women as They Actually Are: A Ms. Conversation with Shonda Rhimes” cover story in Ms. Magazine (Spring 2015): 22-23.
“Storyteller: A Ms. Conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie” cover story in Ms. Magazine (Summer 2014): 26-29.
“Beyoncé’s Fierce Feminism” cover story in Ms. Magazine (Spring 2013): 42-45.
“Hot Topics in Women’s Studies” in Ms. Magazine (Fall 2012): 41.
“The Winfrey Effect” in Ms Magazine (Summer 2011): 48-49.
Online Articles (See “WRITINGS“)
Rev. of Will C. Van Den Hoonaard’s Map Worlds: A History of Women in Cartography in Letters in Canada vol. 84, no.2, Spring 2015.
“Staying Put.” Rev. of Jeanne Theoharis’s The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks in Ms. Magazine (Winter 2013): 56-57.
“The Danger of False Divides.” Rev. of Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Johnetta Besch Cole’s Who Should Be First? Feminists Speak out on the 2008 Presidential Campaign in Ms Magazine (Summer 2010): 55-56.
Rev. of Clifton Crais and Pamela Scully’s Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Biography and Ghost Story in Journal of World History vol. 22, no. 2 (2011): 403-405.
Rev. of Patricia Hill Collins’s From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism in African American Review (2008): 176-178.
Rev. of Robert F. Reid-Pharr’s Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and the Black American in African American Review 35: 2 (2001): 315-317.
“The Hottentot Venus.” In Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Macmillan Reference USA.
James Weldon Johnson: An Exhibition, co-edited with Miriam J. Petty. Atlanta: Emory University Publications, 1999.
Public Dialogue with Katha Pollitt on “What Should Feminism Speak to?” at Middlebury College. Middlebury, VT. September 27, 2017.
“Hacking Feminism.” Delivered for the Feminist Lecture series at Union College. Schenectady, NY. April 12, 2017.
“Civilized Whiteness, Primitive Blackness: Globalizing Narratives of Black Representation and Political Participation.” Delivered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Troy, NY. April 10, 2017.
Keynote Address delivered at the Sarah Baartman Conference at Union College. Schenectady, NY. April 8, 2017.
“Visibilities and Reflections: Seeing Ourselves in Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust.” Panel presentation at the When and Where I Enter: Celebrating Legacies, Embracing Futures Symposium (presented by Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism) at Smith College. Northampton, MA. October 14, 2016.
On-Campus Co-Facilitator for Ms. Magazine Feminist Scholars Writing Workshop. Facilitated with Kathy Spillar, Audrey Bilger, Aviva Dove-Viebahn, and Karon Jolna at Arizona State University. Phoenix, AZ. May 14, 2016.
“Moving Between: Intersectional Identities in the Struggle for Justice” (Opening Address). Moderated Session featuring Capital Region activists Barbara Smith and Angelica Clarke at the 15th Annual Underground Railroad Public History Conference, Troy, NY (April 15, 2016).
“Remnants of Venus: History and Contemporary Black Womanhood.” Delivered at Castleton College, Vermont (March 3, 2016).
“Historical Consciousness and the Black Feminist Imagination.” Delivered at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI (March 17, 2015) and at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN (March 3, 2015).
“Popular Black Feminisms: ***Flawless or Flawed?” Delivered at Siena College, Albany, NY (March 10, 2015) and at the Women of the African Diaspora: Reclaiming History, Negotiating Culture, Politics, the Arts and Media Lecture Series at DePaul University, Chicago, IL. Scheduled for October 15, 2014.
“Writing, Blogging, Teaching: Using Ms. in the Classroom.” Lecture and workshop presented at the Teaching Women’s Studies Online Conference at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. May 30-31, 2014.
“Is ‘Sistahood’ Powerful? Performing Black Feminism and Solidarity in Public Spheres.” Keynote Address delivered at the Close Encounters of the Feminist Kind: Representations of Contemporary Feminism(s) local conference, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. April 11, 2014.
“Harriet Tubman in New York State: A Legacy of Resistance.” Delivered at Albany’s City Hall, courtesy of the Mayor’s Office. Albany, NY. March 25, 2014.
“Author Meets Critics”: Review of Karen W. Tice’s Queens of Academe. Delivered at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. November 8, 2013.
“The Politics of Looking (and Not Looking) Like a Feminist.” Delivered at The Ohio University. Athens, OH. October 10, 2013.
“Body as Evidence: Raced and Erased Subjects in Digital Media.” Delivered at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. North Adams, MA. March 26, 2013.
“Clean and Shiny Whiteness, Dirty Natural Blackness: A Feminist Worldview of How the Digital Meets the Environmental.” Delivered at Florida Atlantic University. Boca Raton, FL. March 22, 2013.
“Rethinking History from the Perspective of Women of Color.” Delivered at the College of St. Rose, Albany, NY. March 24, 2009.
“Pop Goes Democracy: Mediated Narratives of ‘America Votes.’” Delivered at the State University of New York at Plattsburg, NY. November 5, 2008.
“A Women’s History of the World: Decolonizing Our Feminist (Word) Views.” Delivered at Indiana University at South Bend, IN. October 8, 2008.
“Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice: Operationalizing a Feminist Vision of Intersectionality.” Keynote Panel at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, Albany, NY. September 25, 2008.
“Women/Writers and the World: Activism and Literary Studies.” Closing Plenary at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, Philadelphia , PA. November 2006.
“Evolutions in Stereotype: Sara Baartman, Violent Legacies, and the Burden of Representation.” Delivered at Le Moyne College. March 8, 2006.
Guest Lecture delivered for the Graduate Seminar, “Special Topics: Critical Readings in Black Popular Culture,” taught by Associate Professor Mark Anthony Neal at Duke University. February 20, 2006.
“Why Sara Baartman Matters: Reclaiming the Hottentot Venus for Women’s Studies.” Delivered at the University of Maryland for the lecture series, “The Possibilities of Women’s Studies: Emerging Scholars Herald the Future.” March 9, 2005.
Presentations at Professional Conferences
Roundtable Presenter on Black Women and the Women’s Studies Ph.D. Forthcoming at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference. Baltimore, Maryland. November 17, 2017.
“Cultural Currency and the ‘Value’ of Harriet Tubman.” Delivered at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference. Cambridge, Maryland. May 20, 2017.
“Are All the Women Still White? Rethinking Race, Expanding Feminisms.” Roundtable organized and delivered at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Montreal, Canada. November 12, 2016.
Ms. Workshop for Feminist Scholars. Delivered at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Milwaukee, WI. November 14, 2015.
“Remembering Black Elegance: Black Filmmakers Encounter Art History.” Delivered at the Collegium for African American Research Biannual Conference. Liverpool, England. June 25, 2015.
“Harriet Tubman: Reclaiming the Woman Behind the Icon.” Delivered at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference. Cambridge, MD. June 6, 2015.
“(Dis)Gracing the Cover of Ms. Magazine: The Fierce Debates Over ‘Beyoncé’s Fierce Feminism.’” Delivered on the Roll Up (and Around) the Partition: Beyoncé, Boundary-Pushing, and Feminist Debates panel (organizer) at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. San Juan, PR. November 2014.
Workshop Participant for Ms. Magazine Feminist Scholars Workshop at National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. San Juan, PR. November 2014.
“Women and Media Leadership,” Ms. Magazine roundtable participant at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Cincinnati, OH. November 2013.
“Creativity and Pedagogy,” roundtable participant at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Oakland, CA. November 2012.
“Ms. Magazine Scholars,” roundtable participant at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Oakland, CA. November 2012.
“Popular Feminism and the Oprah Factor,” delivered for the panel, Commodity Feminisms: Can the Popular Be Political? at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. November 2011.
“‘I Am Beloved and She is Mine’: The Impact of Toni Morrison’s Beloved on Black Feminist Narratives.” Delivered at the 9th Bi-annual Collegium for African American Research Conference. Paris, France. April 2011.
“Will the Revolution Be Digitized?” Delivered at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. November 2010.
“A Women’s History of the Caribbean.” Delivered at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. November 2009.
“Global Spheres, Local Contexts, and Militarized Violence against Black Women.” Delivered at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Cincinnati, OH. June 2008.
“Body as Evidence: DNA, Video Surveillance, and the Specter of Racialized Sexual Violence.” Delivered at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. St. Charles, IL. June 2007.
“Christena: Memories of a Ferryboat Disaster.” Delivered at the Collegium for African American Research Conference , Madrid , Spain. April 2007.
“Digital Whiteness, Primitive Blackness: Racializing the ‘Digital Divide’ in Film and Art.” Delivered at Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference, Albuquerque, NM. February 2006.
“Decolonizing the Future: Reclaiming Cyber Environments.” Roundtable Panel moderated at National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. June 2005.
“The Emergence of the Hottentot Venus in Transatlantic Discourse.” Delivered at Collegium for African American Research Conference, Tours, France. April 2005.
“The Hottentot Venus Revisited: Locating Saartjie Baartman in Transatlantic Black Feminist Discourse.” Delivered at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. November 2004.
“Risking Rhetoric: Black (W)holes, White Spaces, and Cultural Representations of Black Atlantic Womanhood.” Roundtable Panel presented at National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI. June 2004.
“The Caribbean as Cultural Commodity: A Reading of Edwidge Danticat.” Delivered at the Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference, St. Kitts, West Indies. May 2004.
“Freedom in the Shadows of Slavery: Traumas of Emancipation in Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Kara Walker’s Silhouettes.” Delivered at National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. June 2003.
“Performing Black Venus.” Delivered at Collegium for African American Research Conference, Winchester, England. April 2003.
“Black Atlantic Discourse in Black Feminist Films: The Case of Julie Dash and Ngozi Onwurah.” Delivered at Collegium for African American Research, Winchester, England. April 2003.
“New Age Africa: Commodification, Cultural Identity, and the Romanticization of ‘Africa.’” Delivered at National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV. June 2002.
“Remembering Saartjie: The Politics of Memorializing the Hottentot Venus in the Black Atlantic.” Delivered at Collegium for African American Research Conference, Williamsburg, VA. May 2000.
“The Black Feminist Scholar: Within and Without the Academy.” Delivered at Black Women in the Academy Conference, Washington DC. June 1999.
“I’m Not Caliban’s Woman: Responding to Sylvia Wynter.” Delivered at Caribbean Studies Association Conference, St. John, Antigua, WI. May 1998.
“To Make Women Butterflies: The ‘Image-Making Powers’ of Julia Alvarez and Edwidge Danticat.” Delivered at Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars Conference, Grand Anse, Grenada, WI. May 1998.
“The Invisible Made Visible: Revolutionary Images and the Oppositional Gaze in Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust.” Delivered at American Women Writers of Color Conference, Ocean City, MA. October 1997.
“From Duke Lacrosse to Rihanna to the Blogosphere: Media and the Digitization of Violence against Black Women.” Delivered at the “Explorations in Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Violence” Symposium, University at Albany. April 26, 2013.
“Between History and Fantasy: Harriet Tubman in the Artistic and Popular Imaginary.” Delivered at the “Harriet Tubman: A Legacy of Resistance” Symposium, University at Albany. March 8, 2013.
Panelist in Response to Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze, written and performed by Gioia De Cari and directed by Miriam Eusebio. February 8, 2012.
“Rethinking Women of Color in History.” Delivered at the Professor Emeritus Center, University at Albany. October 15, 2009.
“Venus and the Hottentot: Situating the Black Female Body in Art and History.” Delivered at the Department of Art, University at Albany. April 9, 2008.
“Pedagogy of the Privileged: Feminist Pedagogy and the Challenge of Diversity in the College Classroom.” Delivered at the “American Dilemmas” Diversity Conference, University at Albany. May 23, 2007.
“Feminist Instructor and the Classroom Challenge.” Roundtable Discussant at the “Feminism, Activism, and the Academy” Regional Conference, College of St. Rose. March 24, 2007
Panelist in Response to Euripides’ Trojan Women, directed by Jackie Roberts. April 30, 2006.
“Pictorial Evidence and Digital Circuits: Framing the Black Female Body in Photography and Cyberspace.” Delivered at the University at Albany Humanitech Conference, Albany, NY. April 23, 2004.
Keynote Address at Cultural Studies Conference. April 27, 2003.
“Something about the Subject Makes it Hard to Teach: Issues of Diversity in the Classroom.” Delivered at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. March 19, 2003.
“Romancing the Other: Appropriations of Third World Sexuality and Spirituality” with Viven Ng and Jennifer Champ. Delivered at Women’s Studies Colloquium, University at Albany. April 26, 2002.“‘What Makes the Hottentot so Hot?’ Researching Saartjie Baartman in Paris” with Namita Goswami. Delivered at Women’s Studies Colloquium, Emory University. April 24, 2000.
Research Interests: global critical race and black feminist theories; interdisciplinary approaches to literature, film, and popular culture.
Teaching Interests: engaged pedagogy; teaching with technology; online instruction.