Associate Professor of Women’s Studies
Horton-Stallings is a native of Durham, NC. Her research and teaching interests converge at the intersections of literary studies, feminist theory, queer of color critique, sexuality studies, and cultural studies. A true interdisciplinary scholar, much of her research entails delving into cultures and communities situated outside the boundaries of normativity and respectability, so as to produce new knowledge about race, sexuality, class, and gender.
Before coming to the University of Maryland, she was a faculty member at the University of Florida and Indiana University. She has published essays in African American Review, the Journal of Bisexuality, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, Black Camera, Obsidian III, Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, CR: The New Centennial Review, Western Journal of Black Studies, Feminist Formations, MELUS, and numerous edited collections.
Her first book, Mutha is Half a Word!: Intersections of Folklore, Vernacular, Myth, and Queerness in Black Female Culture (2007), critically engages folklore and vernacular theory, black cultural studies, and queer theory to examine the representation of sexual desire in fiction, poetry, stand-up comedy, neo-soul, and hip-hop created by black women. She is also co-editor and contributing author to Word Hustle: Critical Essays and Reflections on the Works of Donald Goines (2011), which offers a critical analysis of street literature and its most prolific author. Her forthcoming second book, Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures (Univ. of Illinoi Press, September 2015), explores how black sexual cultures produce radical ideologies about labor, community, art, and sexuality.