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Aisha Durham
Affiliated Associate Professor, Departments of Humanities & Cultural Studies, Women's & Gender Studies, and Africana Studies

Aisha  Durham

Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Black feminist thought, Performance auto/ethnography

Office: CIS 3050
Phone: 813/974-2145

Aisha Durham is an Associate Professor of Communication with faculty affiliations in the Department of Africana Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of South Florida.

Her research about Black popular culture explores the relationship between media representations and everyday life. She examines how controlling images or power-laden stereotypes are produced by media makers and interpreted by media audiences to make sense of blackness in the “post” era. Durham uses auto/ethnography, performance writing, and intersectional approaches refined in Black feminist thought to analyze representations of Black womanhood in hip-hop media. This scholarship contributes to an interdisciplinary field called Hip Hop Feminism. Recent research about Black womanhood is featured in The Crunk Feminist Collection, Media Activism in the Digital Age, and in her award-winning book, Home with Hip Hop Feminism: Performances in Communication and Culture.

Durham’s cultural criticism has been featured in Aster(ix): A Journal of Literature, Art and Criticism, and in popular news and entertainment media sites, such as The New Yorker, Haaretz, Complex, and Ms. Magazine.


Ph.D., Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois, 2007

M.A., Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, 2002

B.S., School of Mass Communication, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1999

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
86005COM 3051002Analyzing Culture and Media


CIS 3063

83194SPC 6934001Race and Ethnicity in Comm
Communication Graduate Students or Permission of Instructor


CIS 3063

96366SPC 7900003Doctoral Research Tutorial

TBA 100

88555SPC 7980011Dissertation: Doctoral

TBA 100


Graduate Students

Wesley Johnson, Marquese McFerguson, Brooks Oglesby, Toni Powell-Young, Sasha Sanders