Who We Are
Affiliated Faculty & Lecturers
WGS Predoctoral Fellow
Women’s & Gender Studies
Women’s & Gender Studies/STS
Kimberly Juanita Brown's research engages the site of the visual as a way to negotiate the parameters of race, gender, and belonging. Her book, The Repeating Body: Slavery’s Visual Resonance in the Contemporary (Duke University Press) examines slavery’s profound ocular construction and the presence and absence of seeing in relation to the plantation space and the women who exist there. She is currently at work on her second book, tentatively titled “Their Dead Among Us: Photography, Melancholy, and the Politics of the Visual.” This project examines images of the dead in The New York Times in 1994 from four geographies: South Africa, Rwanda, Sudan, and Haiti.
Nneka D. Dennie is a 2017-2018 Diversity Predoctoral Fellow hosted by Women's & Gender Studies. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in African American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Nneka utilizes
interdisciplinary methods to interpret black women's intellectual history, black radicalism, and black feminist thought. Her dissertation, “(Re)defining Radicalism: The Rise of Black Feminism and the Politics of Respectability, 1831-1895" argues that nineteenth-century black feminism is an early site of black radicalism because it advocated for black citizenship, black self-determination, and universal conceptions of human rights. It examines the work of Sojourner Truth, Maria Stewart, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Frances Harper, Ida B. Wells, and Anna Julia Cooper in order to describe how their individual contributions promoted the construction of a shared, early black feminist tradition.