Donnesha A. Blake

Ronald E. McNair Scholar; MA Women’s Studies (2014), University of Maryland; BA Communication (Summa Cum Laude, 2012), Central Michigan University

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Donnesha A. Blake is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Women’s Studies and a Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). She earned an M.A. in Women’s Studies from UMD in 2014, and a B.A. in Communication from Central Michigan University in 2012. She works across Black feminist thought, fashion studies, digital humanities, and performance studies to explore the connections between queer Black women’s fashion activism and Black feminist epistemologies. She is currently working on her dissertation, “Stylin’ BlaQueer Feminisms: The Politics of Queer Black Women’s Fashion Activism.”

Research areas: Black feminisms; feminist cultural criticism; gender studies; visual culture; fashion theory; queer of color theory; performance studies.

Courses Taught:
Constructions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community (Fall 2017)
Introduction to Black Women’s Studies (Fall 2016, Spring 2018 UMD)
Introduction to Women’s Studies: Women, Art, and Culture (Fall 2014-Present, UMD)
Women’s Bodies in Contention (Winter 2016, UMD)
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies (Fall 2015, Anne Arundel Community College)