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Aria S. Halliday


Aria S. Halliday, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and program in African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Halliday specializes in cultural constructions of black girlhood and womanhood in material, visual, and digital culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her interdisciplinary interests include in sexuality, Black feminism, and radicalism in Black popular culture in the United States and the Caribbean. She is the editor of The Black Girlhood Studies Collection (Women’s Press, 2019) and co-editor of a special issue on hip-hop feminism in Journal of Hip Hop Studies (2020). Her articles are featured in Cultural StudiesDepartures in Critical Qualitative ResearchGirlhood StudiesPalimpsest, and SOULS. Her book, Buy Black: How Black Women Transformed US Pop Culture is forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press. Dr. Halliday served as co-chair of the Girls’ and Girls Studies Caucus at the National Women’s Studies Association 2016-2019; she is currently Chair of the Girls’ and Girls Studies Caucus. She is also co-founder of Digital Black Girls, a digital humanities archive celebrating Black girls' cultural production and innovation.


Ph.D., Purdue University, American Studies, 2017

M.A., Purdue University, American Studies, 2014

Graduate Certificate, Purdue University, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, 2014

B.A., Davidson College, Center of Interdisciplinary Studies (Africana Studies), 2012 

Selected Publications:

(2022). Buy Black: How Black Women Transformed US Pop Culture. University of Illinois Press.

(2021). Ruth Nicole Brown and Aria S. Halliday. "Mid-twerk & Mid-laugh." in Investing in the Educational Success of Black women and Girls, eds. Charlotte Jacobs and Venus Evans-Winters. Stylus.

(2020). “Black Girls’ Feistiness as Everyday Resistance in Toni Cade Bambara's Gorilla, My Love.” Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International 9(1):50-64.

(2020). “Twerk Sumn!: Theorizing Black Girl Epistemology in the Body.” Cultural Studies 34(2):1-18.

(2019). Editor. The Black Girlhood Studies Collection. Women’s Press.

(2019). “Centering Black Women in the Black Chicago Renaissance: Katherine Williams Irvin, Olive Diggs, and Chicago Bee ‘New Negro Womanhood’.” in Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African American Print, ed. Brigitte Felder and Jonathan Senchyne, pp. 240-258. University of Wisconsin Press. 

(2018). “Miley, What’s Good?: Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, Instagram Reproductions, and Viral Memetic Violence.” Girlhood Studies 11(3):67-83.

(2018). Aria S. Halliday and Nadia E. Brown. “The Power of Black Girl Magic Anthems: Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, & ‘Feeling Myself’ as Political Empowerment.” SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society20(2): 222-238.

(2017). “Envisioning Black Girl Futures: Nicki Minaj's Anaconda Feminism and Black Girl Sexuality.” Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 6(3): 65-77.