State of the Field Presenters

Marlon M. Bailey, PhD

marlon_bailey2Marlon Bailey is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and American Studies and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre & Drama at Indiana University.

Dr. Bailey earned his PhD in African Diaspora Studies with a designated emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California-Berkeley.  Currently, Dr. Bailey is working on a book manuscript that expands his performance ethnographic study of Ballroom Culture, a Black and Latina/o queer culture in North America: Butch Queens up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit, is under contract with the University of Michigan Press.

Professor Bailey’s research interests include: African Diaspora studies, queer diasporas, race, gender, and sexuality, queer theory, Black queer studies, theatre/performance studies, ethnography, and HIV/AIDS (cultural politics, research, and prevention of HIV/AIDS in Black communities).

Farah Jasmine Griffin, PhD

farah_jasmine_griffinFarah J. Griffin is the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University.

Dr. Griffin earned her B.A., from Harvard Unversity (1985) and her PhD fromYale University (1992). Professor Griffin’s major fields of interest are American and African American literature, music, history and politics. The recipient of numerous honors and awards for her teaching and scholarship, in 2006-2007 Professor Griffin was a fellow at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. She is the author of Who Set You Flowin’: The African American Migration Narrative (Oxford, 1995), If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday (Free Press, 2001) and Clawing At the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever (Thomas Dunne, 2008). She is also the editor of Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends: Letters from Addie Brown and Rebecca Primus (Knopf, 1999) co-editor, with Cheryl Fish, of Stranger in the Village: Two Centuries of African American Travel Writing (Beacon, 1998) and co-editor with Brent Edwards and Robert O’Meally of Uptown Conversations: The New Jazz Studies (Columbia University Press, 2004).


Treva Lindsey, PhD

treva_lindsey2Dr. Treva Lindsey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University.

She received her PhD in History and a Graduate Certificate in African and African American Studies from Duke University in 2010. Her research and teaching interests include black female expressive culture, African American women’s history, critical race and gender theory, black feminism(s), hip hop studies, and sexual politics.

She is currently completing her first monograph, Re-Imagining Public Culture: New Negro Womanhood in the Nation’s Capital. Honing in on the intellectual and cultural strivings of African American women communities in New Negro era Washington, the monograph uncovers an urban landscape in which African American women sought to configure themselves as authorial subjects. By entering into “public” cultures, many New Negro women challenged racial, gender, and sexual ideologies and norms that relegated African American women to subordinate political, social, and cultural statuses. Through exploring the contours of the lives of New Negro women in Washington, she unearths a new perspective on how African American women navigated the Jim Crow era. Furthermore, Re-Imagining Public Culture reveals the significance of Washington, D.C. and the African American women who inhabited this city to African American freedom and equality struggles of the early twentieth century.

At the core of her scholarship is historical and contemporary African American women’s expressive culture. Dr. Lindsey researches, presents, and publishes on topics ranging from skin bleaching practices among African American women in the early twentieth century to explorations of hip hop soul as a unique space for African American women’s storytelling. In her more recent research, Dr. Lindsey investigates digital feminism and how African American women use new and social media as dynamic expressive sites.

Kaila Story, PhD

kaila_story4Dr. Kaila Story is Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, with a joint appointment in the Department of Pan-African Studies. She holds the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Dr. Story’s current research explores the intersections of race, class, and sexuality in identity performance, mass media, body politics, and the like. “Currently, I am looking at how reality television posits Black and Female identity and reinforces past controlling images of Black women.”  Other research interests include Gender Socialization, Transnational Sexualities, Black feminisms, and Transnational Feminisms. 

Professor Story earned her PhD in African American Studies and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Temple University in 2007.

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