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    Aria S. Halliday, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and program in African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky.

    Dr. Halliday specializes in cultural constructions of black girlhood and womanhood in material, visual, and digital culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her interdisciplinary interests include in sexuality, Black feminism, and radicalism in Black popular culture in the United States and the Caribbean. She is the editor of The Black Girlhood Studies Collection (Women’s Press, 2019) and co-editor of volume 7, a special issue on hip-hop feminism, in Journal of Hip Hop Studies (2020). Her articles and chapters have been published in Cultural StudiesDepartures in Critical Qualitative ResearchGirlhood StudiesPalimpsest, and SOULS, as well as in edited volumes such as Against A Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African American PrintBloomsbury Handbook of Theories in Childhood Studies, and The Routledge Companion to Girls' Studies. Her most recent book, Buy Black: How Black Women Transformed US Pop Culture was published in 2022 by the University of Illinois Press.

    Dr. Halliday has won numerous awards and fellowships, including the Institute for Citizens and Scholars Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty (2020-2021), the University of Kentucky CURATE award (2022), and the University of Texas Austin Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellowship (2022-2023). Her article, "Twerk Sumn!: Theorizing Black Girl Epistemology in the Body," won the 2021 Stuart Hall Foundation x Cultural Studies Award.

    Dr. Halliday served as co-chair and chair of the Girls’ and Girls Studies Caucus at the National Women’s Studies Association 2016-2022. She is co-founder of Digital Black Girls, a digital humanities archive celebrating Black girls' cultural production and innovation. She regularly engages in public scholarship through editorials and podcast interviews, as well as service as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

    Research Interests

    20th & 21st Century Black Visual and Material Culture

    Black Feminist and Womanist Theories

    Black Girlhood Studies

    New Media Studies & Digital Humanities

    Autobiography and Performance of Identity

    Black Radicalism & Resistance

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University


    External positions

    Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire Durham

    Aug 2017May 2020


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