Aiesha Turman is a scholar-activist exploring the notion of the Beloved Community and its implications in gendered spaces. Aiesha’s intellectual work focuses race and gender, historical trauma, inter-generational transfer, and cultural production, with broad specialties in Critical Race, Gender and Cultural Theory. Aiesha’s research agenda is centrally concerned with how Black women mediate historical trauma and grief via cultural production. Specifically, she is invested in thinking about how the intersections of race, class and gender impacts creativity and how that creativity creates community and facilitates individual and collective healing.
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 working on a PhD in Humanities and Culture at Union Institute and University.
In addition to her academic work, Aiesha is the Executive Director of The Black Girl Project, a leading-edge grassroots organization that she founded and whose mission is to inspire creativity, analytical and critical thinking, awareness and action on key issues for women and girls. She is currently relaunching her brand, Super Hussy Media, which will be used as a hub for her various creative projects.
Outside of her intellectual and activist work, Aiesha is a devoted mama, DIY fanatic, and flaneusse.
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