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.


Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University at Albany, State University of New York (effective Fall 2018).

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:
“Of ‘Sound’ and ‘Unsound’ Body and Mind: Reconfiguring the Heroic Portrait of Harriet Tubman.” Forthcoming in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 40: 2 (2019).

“Remnants of Venus: Signifying Black Women’s Beauty and Sexualities.” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 46: 1 (Spring 2018): 105-120.

“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.

Solicited Articles
LemonadeLessons: Beyoncé’s Feminism and the Art of Visual-Album Storytelling.” Films for the Feminist Classroom8: 1-2 (Fall 2018). Available: http://ffc.twu.edu/issue_8-1-and-2/lesson_Hobson_8-1-and-2.html

“From Punitive Pedagogies to Liberated Learning.” Academe: Magazine of the American Association of University Professors102: 6 (November-December 2016): 13-16.

Edited Volumes:
“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 – 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.

Book Chapters:
“Foreword” to Black Girl Magic beyond the Hashtag: Twenty-First Century Acts of Self-Definition, Julia S. Jordan-Zachery and Duchess Harris, eds. Phoenix: University of Arizona Press, 2019 (forthcoming).

“Getting to the Roots of ‘Becky with the Good Hair’ in Beyoncé’s Lemonade.” In The Lemonade Reader, 31-41. Kinitra D. Brooks and Kameelah L. Martin, eds. New York and London: Routledge, 2019.

“This Film Called My Back: The Racial and Sexual Tropes of Pain and Painful History in 12 Years a Slave.”  In Celluloid Chains: Slavery in the Americas through Film, 262-276. Rudyard Alcocer, Kristen Block, and Dawn Duke, eds. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2018.

“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.

Magazine Articles:
“Curating History.” Ms. Magazine (Spring 2018): 38.

“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.

“Celebrating Feminism” in Ms. Magazine(Fall 2016): 12-15.

“Harnessing Her Star” cover story on Lupita Nyong’o in Ms. Magazine(Spring 2016): 32-33.

“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.

Encyclopedia Entry
“The Hottentot Venus.” In Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Macmillan Reference USA.

Exhibition Catalog
James Weldon Johnson: An Exhibition, co-edited with Miriam J. Petty. Atlanta: Emory University Publications, 1999.


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.

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