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Aria S. Halliday, Ph.D. is Assistant 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 a special issue on hip-hop feminism in Journal of Hip Hop Studies (2020). Her articles are featured in Cultural StudiesDepartures in Critical Qualitative ResearchGirlhood StudiesPalimpsest, and SOULS. Her book, Buy Black: How Black Women Transformed US Pop Culture is forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press. Dr. Halliday served as co-chair of the Girls’ and Girls Studies Caucus at the National Women’s Studies Association 2016-2019; she is currently Chair of the Girls’ and Girls Studies Caucus. She is also co-founder of Digital Black Girls, a digital humanities archive celebrating Black girls' cultural production and innovation.

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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