Niani N. N. Jones

PhD student Niani Jones

Niani N. N. Jones

Ph.D. Student


  • B.A., Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies, African American Studies minor, CUNY Brooklyn College, 2018
  • A.A., Humanities and Social Sciences, SUNY Orange (OCCC), 2015

Niani Jones (they/them/their) is a PhD student in the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies department at Ohio State. Upon earning their Associate's from SUNY Orange (2015), they continued on to pursue their Bachelor's from CUNY Brooklyn College and graduated in 2018. 

As a Mellon Mays Fellow, Niani's undergraduate thesis focused on the relationship between the continuing "legacy" of Black women's sexual assault in the U.S., Black women and femme's engagement in BDSM, and the use of BDSM as a site for healing sexual trauma. As a PhD student, their research will expand upon that project and specifically examine Black women and Black non-binary femmes who have survived sexual trauma and relied on BDSM and/or Afro-spiritualities/religions as alternative forms of therapy to heal from their trauma(s). 

In the past, Niani has co-founded and co-facilitated a monthly healing circle for PoC survivors of sexual trauma, as well as helped facilitate a social group aimed towards promoting healthy interpersonal relationships and destigmatizing queer bodies and experiences.