Aiesha Turman is scholar-practioner whose intellectual work focuses race and gender, historical trauma and grief, inter-generational transfer, and cultural production, with broad specialties in Critical Race, Gender and Cultural Theory and the epistemological implications of Afrofuturism via a Black Femenist lens. Aiesha’s research agenda is centrally concerned with how Black women across the Diaspora mediate historical trauma and grief via a broad spectrum of cultural production(s). Specifically, she is invested in thinking about and creating women-centered spaces and how those spaces propel culture forward.
Aiesha is excited to undertake research that centralizes the voices of Black women and is looking to make an impact on how we view cultural production for and by women across the African Diaspora. She holds a BA in Cultural Studies with an emphasis on Women’s History and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis on African American Women’s Literature and Culture, both from the State University of New York, Empire State College, and is currently a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Humanities and Culture and a creative writing and women and gender studies certificate candidate at Union Institute & University.
In addition to her academic work, Aiesha is the Founder and Executive Director of The Black Girl Project, a leading-edge grassroots/community organization whose mission is to transform the individual lives of Black women and whole communities through reclaiming, rewriting and remixing narratives. She is a contributor to Legacy Letters, an anthology of women writers advising their teen-aged selves and has authored posts for Love Isn’t Enough, a blog about raising children in a colorstruck world. Aiesha also shares her creative work at Super Hussy Media and is a member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network.
Outside of her intellectual and activist work, Aiesha is a devoted mama, music lover, and flaneusse.
More information about Aiesha’s academic work can be found here.
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