Kaila Story


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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.

Dr. Story and Jaison Gardner also host a weekly radio show of musings on politics, pop culture and black gay life called Strange Fruit. It airs every Saturday night after Tavis Smiley on wfpl (89.3). You can find past episodes here: http://wfpl.org/programs/strange-fruitand here: http://strangefruitpod.org.

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Dr. Story was recently quoted by Akiba Solomon in "Smart People Talk Beyonce So I don't Have to" in Colorlines.com (a daily news site offering award-winning reporting, analysis, and solutions to today's racial justice issues).


Selected publications:

  • "La-La's Fundamental Rupture: True Blood's Lafayette and the Deconstruction of Normal," in Race-ing for Ratings: African Americans on Television (Praeger Press, 2013), 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, edited by Carol E. Henderson (Palgrave Macmillian, 2010), pp. 23-
  • "All the King Men's: The Colonial and Imperial Marketing of Colorism: A review of Shades of Difference: Why Skin Colors Matters," Jenda journal: A Journal of Culture and African Women's Studies. No 14. p. 299.
  • "Sarah Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography," Times Higher Education: February 19, 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.

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 Perspectives in Literature and Media (Spring 2009)
  • Pedagogy of Black Studies

Research interests:

My current research explores the intersections of race, class, and sexuality in identity performance, mass media, body politics, and the like. Currently, I am looking at how reality television posits Black and Female identity and reinforses past controlling images of Black women. My other research interests are Gender Socialization, Transnational Sexualities, Black feminisms, and Transnational Feminisms.