Kaila Story



Ph.D. in African American Studies and Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, Temple University, 2007.

Dr. Kaila Story is Associate Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, with a joint appointment in the Department of Pan-African Studies. She holds the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

She also co-hosts a weekly radio show with longtime Louisville activist Jaison Gardner called Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture, and Black Gay Life on WFPL (Louisville affiliate of NPR).  You can find past episodes here: http://strangefruitpod.org 

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Selected publications:

  • “Disruptions in Respectability: A Roundtable Discussion,” for Souls, (co-authors: Mali D. Collins-White, Ariane Cruz, Jillian Hernandez, Xavier Livermon, & Jennifer Nash), 18:2-4, 463-475, DOI: 10.1080/10999949.2016.1230813. 2016.
  • “On the Cusp of Deviance: Respectability Politics and the Cultural Marketplace of       Sameness,” for No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies. Duke University Press.2016.
  • “Fear of A Black Femme: The Existential Conundrum of Embodying A Black Femme Identity While Being A Professor of Black, Queer, and Feminist Studies,” for Special Issue of The Journal of Lesbian Studies, DOI: 10.1080/10894160.2016.1165043. 2016.
  • “(Re)Presenting Shug Avery & Afrekete: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Politics of Pleasure “ for the Special New Directions in Black Feminisms edition of The Black Scholar . Routledge Press: Taylor & Francis Group. vol. 45 No. 4 Winter. 2015. 
  • Patricia Hill Collins: Reconceiving Black Motherhood. ISBN 978-1-927335-43-7. (Bradford, ON: Demeter Press November 2014
  • “La-La’s Fundamental Rupture: True Blood’s Lafayette and The Deconstruction of Normal” in African Americans on Television: Race-ing for Ratings. 2013.Prager Press. Pp. 358-372
  • “Racing Sex~ Sexing Race: The Invention of the Black Feminine Body” in Imagining the Black Female Body: Reconciling image in print and visual culture. 2010. Palgrave Press Pp. 23-43
  • “All the King Men’s~ The Colonial and Imperial Marketing of Colorism: A review of  Shades of Difference: Why Skin Colors Matters” in Jenda Journal: A Journal of Culture and African Women’s Studies. 2009. No.14 p.299
  • “The Reality Behind the Fantasy: A Book Review of Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus” in Times Higher Education: The Weekly Magazine for Higher Education, 19 February 2009.
  • “There’s no Place like ‘Home’: Mining the Theoretical Terrain of Black Women’s Studies, Black Queer Studies and Black Studies” in Special Edition of the Journal of Pan African Studies (JPAS) Africology: Dimensions and Dynamics, vol.2, no. 2.2008.
  • (with Yaba Blay) (Eds.) (2007): "Engendering" the Diaspora: Gender, Culture, Race and Identity in the Contemporary African World”. In Special Edition of the Journal of Pan African Studies (JPAS), vol. no. 7 2007. 
  • “Performing Venus: From Hottentot to Video Vixen: The Historical Legacy of Black Female Body Commodification.” In A. Durham, E. Richardson, R. Raimist & G. Pough (Eds.) Home Girls Make Some Noise: Hip Hop & Feminism 2007.
  • “Sarah Baartman.” Entry in C. Davies & B. M'Bow (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora. 2008. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc. Pp. 137-138
  • “The Combahee River Collective.” Entry in C. Davies & B. M'Bow (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora.2008. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc. Pp. 321-323
  • “The National Black Feminist Organization.”  Entry in C. Davies & B. M'Bow (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora. 2008. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc.  Pp. 705-707

Selected Interview & Media Appearances

Huffington Post LIVE Appearances/International media:

  • Dr. Story has appeared several times on Huffington Post. See web site for appearances.
  • Dr. Story has also appeared on international media sites such as Slate.


Current and recent courses:

  • Gender and Public Dialogue (fulfills general education requirement in oral communication)
  • Black Lesbian Lives (cross-listed with Pan-African Studies)
  • Introduction to Pan-African Studies 
  • Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
  • Black Feminisms in Action (Fall 2008) 
  • Queer Performance
  • Pedagogy of Black Studies (Pan African Studies)

Research interests:

Dr. Story's research examines the intersections of race and sexuality, with special attention to Black feminism, Black lesbians, and Black queer identity. Her current research explores the intersections of race, class, and sexuality in identity performance, mass media, body politics, and the like. Dr. Story's other research interests include, but are not limited to, Gender Socialization, Transnational Sexualities, Black feminisms, and Transnational Feminisms.