Mahaliah Ayana Little

Mahaliah Ayana Little

Mahaliah Ayana Little

Ph.D. Candidate

Areas of Expertise

  • Black Sexuality Studies
  • Black Feminism
  • African American Fiction
  • Pop Culture
  • Black Women's Eroticism/Sexuality


  • Rutgers University c/o 2016 (MA)
  • Spelman College c/o 2013 (BA)

Mahaliah Ayana Little is a 2020-2021 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellow. After graduating from Spelman College in 2013 as an English major, she attended Rutgers University, New Brunswick, for her master's in Women's and Gender Studies. As an alumna of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Mahaliah is committed to diversifying the professorate and serving underrepresented students. Her dissertation project analyzes representations of Black women's sexuality in the aftermath of sexual violence in literature, memoir, and documentaries.

Mahaliah's research was most recently published in the Spring 2019 issue of American Quarterly (vol.71, issue 1, March 2019). You can also read her work in the Fall 2017 issue of Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men (vol.6, issue 1, Fall 2017), and in the anthology Black Female Sexualities edited by Trimiko Melacon & Joanne M. Braxton (Rutgers U Press 2015). Find her at, on LinkedIn, or her website,