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  • Aria S. Halliday is assistant professor of Africana feminisms in women's studies at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Halliday joined the UNH faculty in 2017. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in American studies with a graduate certificate in women's, gender and sexuality studies from Purdue University. Dr. Halliday's research spans the interdisciplinary fields of American studies; African American studies; women's, gender, and sexuality studies; and cultural studies, focusing on Black American and Caribbean women's visual and material cultural production. Black feminist theory informs her current research, in which she examines the representation of Black women's and girls' sexual expression in popular culture and the ways in which those expressions shape radicalism, consumerism and new media cultures.  She is the founder of Ruthless — a blog on Black women, feminism and Christianity — and the Digital Black Girls, a digital humanities project that documents representations of Black girls in popular culture. She is also a regular contributor to The Ebony Tower, a blog dedicated to the experience of graduate students of color. She was raised in Durham, North Carolina and is a proud alumna of Davidson College.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 Miley, What's Good? Nicki Minaj's Anaconda, Instagram Reproductions, and Viral Memetic ViolenceGirlhood Studies.  11:67-83. 2018
    2018 The Power of Black Girl Magic Anthems: Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, and "Feeling Myself" as Political EmpowermentSouls.  20:222-238. 2018
    2017 Envisioning Black Girl FuturesDepartures in Critical Qualitative Research.  6:65-77. 2017

    Teaching Activities

  • Honors/Race Matters Taught course 2018
  • Surv/Ldrshp for Social Change Taught course 2018
  • Intro to Women's Studies Taught course 2018
  • Intro to Women's Studies Taught course 2018
  • Intro to Women's Studies Taught course 2017
  • Surv/Ldrshp for Social Change Taught course 2017
  • Education And Training

  • B.A., Davidson College
  • M.A. American Studies, Purdue University
  • Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Full Name

  • Aria Halliday