Treva Lindsey

Associate Professor

Treva Lindsey

College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 614-292-8339
Topics: black feminism, hip hop studies, race

Associate Professor

Core Faculty

Dr. Lindsey specializes in black feminist theory, women's history, and popular culture studies. She has published in and has forthcoming publications in Meridians: Feminism, Race, and Transnationalism, Urban Education,The Black Scholar, The Journal of Pan-African Studies, SOULS, African and Black Diaspora, the Journal of African American Studies, and African American Review. She is also the recipient of several awards and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Emory University, the National Women’s Studies Association, and the Center for Arts and Humanities at the University of Missouri. Her first book entitled, Colored No More: New Negro Womanhood in the Nation’s Capital is under contract at the University of Illinois Press. Her next book project will focus on popular culture representations of contemporary African American womanhood from the late twentieth century to the present. She is a member of several organizations including: The National Women’s Studies Association, the American Historical Association, the American Studies Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. She is building a strong online presence through guest contributing to online forums such as HuffPost Live, The Feminist Wire and The Left of Black Web Series.

Recent Publications

  • “If You Look In My Life: Love, Hip Hop Soul and Contemporary African AmericanWomanhood,”African American Review, (Vol. 46, Number 1, pp. 87-99), SpecialIssue: Hip Hop and the Literary, Spring 2014
  • “Searching for Climax: Black Erotic Lives in Slavery and Freedom,” co-written with Jessica M. Johnson, Meridians: Feminism, Race, and Transnationalism, Special Issue: Harriet Tubman, forthcoming 2014.
  • “Contemporary Observations on Ula Y. Taylor’s: “Making Waves: The Theory and Practice of Black Feminism,”” The Black Scholar, Vol. 43, forthcoming 2014.
  • “Climbing the Hilltop: In Search of a New Negro Womanhood Ethos at Howard University,” in Escape From New York: The “Harlem Renaissance” Reconsidered, eds. Davarian Baldwin and Minkah Makalani, University of Minnesota Press, September 2013
  • “Complicated Crossroads: Black Feminisms, Sex Positivism, and Popular Culture,” African and Black Diaspora (Vol. 6, Issue 1, pp. 55-65), Special Issue on Feminist and Gender Theorizing in the Black Diaspora, March 2013

Areas of Expertise

  • black feminism(s)
  • hip hop studies
  • critical race and gender theory
  • sexual politics
  • African diaspora studies
  • black popular and expressive culture
  • African American women’s history


  • Ph.D., Duke University, 2010
  • M.A., Duke University, 2006
  • B.A., Oberlin College, 2004

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