Associate Professor (and Affiliated Assistant Professor, Departments of Humanities & Cultural Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Africana Studies)
Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Black feminist thought, Performance auto/ethnography
Office: CIS 3050
Aisha Durham is a cultural studies scholar. 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 honed in Black feminist cultural criticism to analyze representations of Black womanhood in hip hop media. This scholarship contributes to an interdisciplinary field called hip hop feminism. Recent work on Black womanhood is featured in her new book, Home with Hip Hop Feminism: Performances in Communication and Culture. This book extends earlier discussions about hip hop culture, media representations, and the body in her co-edited volumes, Home Girls Make Some!: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology and Globalizing Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Interventions in Theory, Method & Policy.
Durham’s cultural criticism has been featured in popular news media and sites, such as The New Yorker, Haaretz, Crunk Feminist Collective, NewBlackMan, and Ms. Magazine.
Ph.D., Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois, Urbana (IL), 2007
M.A., Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, Athens (GA) 2002
B.S., School of Mass Communication, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (VA), 1999