Tanisha C. Ford, Ph.D. is an assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is invested in research, public history, and grassroots community initiatives that bring the often marginalized voices of young women of color around the world to the forefront. Her first book Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (UNC Press, Fall 2015) uncovers how and why black women use beauty culture and fashion as a form of resistance and cultural-political expression. Her other publications have grappled with issues of race, gender and representation in popular culture; African fashion, labor, and economics in the age of social media; and hip hop culture and social activism. Her research has been published in the Journal of Southern History, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and The Black Scholar. Her public writing and cultural commentary has been featured in diverse media outlets and publications including the The Root, The New Yorker, NPR: Code Switch, Fuse, News One, New York City’s HOT 97, The Feminist Wire, Vibe Vixen, Feministing, and New Black Man.
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