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Aisha  Durham

Aisha Durham

Aisha Durham
Assistant Professor


Office: CIS 3050
Phone: 813/974-2145



Aisha Durham is an Associate Professor of Communication with faculty affiliations in the Department of Africana Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of South Florida.

Her research about Black popular culture explores the relationship between media representations and everyday life. She examines how controlling images or power-laden stereotypes are produced by media makers and interpreted by media audiences to make sense of blackness in the “post” era. Durham uses auto/ethnography, performance writing, and intersectional approaches refined in Black feminist thought to analyze representations of Black womanhood in hip-hop media. This scholarship contributes to an interdisciplinary field called Hip Hop Feminism. Recent research about Black womanhood is featured in The Crunk Feminist Collection, Media Activism in the Digital Age, and in her award-winning book, Home with Hip Hop Feminism: Performances in Communication and Culture.

Durham’s cultural criticism has been featured in Aster(ix): A Journal of Literature, Art and Criticism, and in popular news and entertainment media sites, such as The New Yorker, Haaretz, Complex, and Ms. Magazine.


Ph.D., Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois, 2007

M.A., Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, 2002

B.S., School of Mass Communication, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1999

Graduate Students

Wesley Johnson, Marquese McFerguson, Brooks Oglesby, Toni Powell-Young, Sasha Sanders

Specialty Area

Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Black feminist thought, Performance auto/ethnography