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Treva Lindsey

Professor Treva B. Lindsey

Treva Lindsey



230 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Black feminism(s)
  • Hip hop studies
  • Critical race and gender theory
  • Sexual politics
  • African diaspora studies
  • Black popular and expressive culture
  • African American women’s history


  • Ph.D., Duke University, 2010
  • M.A., Duke University, 2006
  • B.A., Oberlin College, 2004

Treva B. Lindsey is a Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University and the co-founder of Black Feminist Night School at Zora’s House. Her research and teaching interests include African American women’s history, black popular and expressive culture, black feminism(s), hip hop studies, critical race and gender theory, and sexual politics.  Her most recent book, America Goddam: Violence, Black Women, and The Struggle for Justice (University of California Press) was described as “required reading for all Americans” a starred Kirkus review.  Her first book, Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington D.C was a Choice 2017 “Outstanding Academic Title. She has published in The Journal of Pan-African Studies, Souls, African and Black Diaspora, the Journal of African American Studies, African American Review, The Journal of African American History, Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, Urban Education, The Black Scholar, Feminist Studies, and Signs. She was a 2020-2021 ACLS/Mellon Scholars and Society Fellow. She was the inaugural Equity for Women and Girls of Color Fellow at Harvard University (2016-2017). She also writes for and contributes to outlets such as Time, CNN, Al Jazeera, NBC, BET, Complex, Vox, The Root, Huffington Post, PopSugar, Billboard, Bustle, Teen Vogue, Grazia UK, The Grio, The Washington Post, Women’s Media Center, Zora, and Cosmopolitan.

Recent Publications

  • “F$ck the Grammys: The Conundrum of “Transcending” Race and the Politics of Excellence,” in Culture as Catalyst: Conversations at the Tang Museum to Spark Change, ed. Isolde Brialmier, Tang Teaching Museum, 2020.
  • “The Complicated Struggle for Woman Suffrage: A Scholarly Discussion Guide,” published by the League of Women Voters Ohio, October 2019
  • “King Bey,” Queen Bey: 16 Writers Celebrate the Beauty, Power, and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, New York: Macmillan Publishers, 2019
  • “M4BL and the Critical Matter of Black Lives,” co-written with Brittney Cooper, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly (Vol. 41, No. 4) Fall 2018, pp. 731-740.
  • “Respectability Politics,” in Gender: Space. Aimee Meredith Cox, ed Part of the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender series. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2018.
  • “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That: Anti-Black Girl Violence in the Era of #SayHerName,” A special issue of Urban Education on Urban Youth, Schooling, and Education in the Era of Black Lives Matter, Autumn 2017, pp. 1-14.
  • “Negro Women May Be Dangerous: Black Women’s Insurgent Activism in the Movement for Black Lives,” SOULS Journal (Vol. 19, 3) September 2017, pp. 1-13.
  • “Why You So Angry?: Serena Williams, Black Girl Pain, and the Pernicious Power of Stereotypes,” in Between the World and the Urban Classrooms, eds. Christopher Emdin and George Sirrakos, Jr., Sense Publishers, April 2017