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. 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 women-centered notions of Dr. King’s Beloved Community 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 MLK Specialization 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 organization whose mission is to transform individual lives and whole communities through reclaiming, rewriting and remixing narratives. Narratives, are just stories; stories that are written, vocalized, photographed, filmed, painted, and more. They have the power to uplift, redirect, and bring balance to individuals and communities, small and large. 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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