Jennifer Nash Director of Graduate Studies | Associate Professor of African American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies

Jennifer Nash is an Associate Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies and African American Studies. Her research centers on black feminist theories; black sexual politics; race, gender, and law; race, gender, and visual culture; and women's/gender/sexuality studies' institutional histories and politics.  She is the author of The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography (Duke University Press, 2014) which was awarded the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize by the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Language Association. She has edited the anthology Gender: Love (MacMillan, 2016), and co-edited a special issue of Feminist Formations titled "Institutional Feelings: Practicing Women's Studies in the Corporate University." Her articles have been published in journals including GLQ, Social Text, Feminist Theory, Feminist Studies, and Signs.

Courses Taught

  • "Black Feminisms"
  • "Intersectionality and its Discontents"
  • "Traditions of Feminist Thought"
  • "Theorizing Black Genders and Sexualities"
  • "Theory and Emotion"