Aria Halliday

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Office: Women's Studies, Huddleston Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Aria S. Halliday

Aria S. Halliday is assistant professor of Africana feminisms in women's studies at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Halliday joined the UNH faculty in 2017. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in American studies with a graduate certificate in women's, gender and sexuality studies from Purdue University. Dr. Halliday's research spans the interdisciplinary fields of American studies; African American studies; women's, gender, and sexuality studies; and cultural studies, focusing on Black American and Caribbean women's visual and material cultural production. Black feminist theory informs her current research, in which she examines the representation of Black women's and girls' sexual expression in popular culture and the ways in which those expressions shape radicalism, consumerism and new media cultures.  She is the founder of Ruthless — a blog on Black women, feminism and Christianity — and the Digital Black Girls, a digital humanities project that documents representations of Black girls in popular culture. She is also a regular contributor to The Ebony Tower, a blog dedicated to the experience of graduate students of color. She was raised in Durham, North Carolina and is a proud alumna of Davidson College.

Education

  • Ph.D., Purdue University
  • M.A., American Studies, Purdue University
  • B.A., Davidson College

Research Interests

  • 20th century Black visual culture
  • 21st century Black visual culture
  • Black feminist and womanist theories
  • Black radicalism and resistance
  • New Media/Digital Humanities

Courses Taught

  • WS 401: Intro to Women's Studies
  • WS 444: Honors/Race Matters
  • WS 505: Surv/Ldrshp for Social Change

Selected Publications

Halliday, A. S. (2018). Miley, What’s Good?. Girlhood Studies, 11(3), 67-83. doi:10.3167/ghs.2018.110307

Halliday, A. S., & Brown, N. E. (2018). The Power of Black Girl Magic Anthems: Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, and “Feeling Myself” as Political Empowerment. Souls, 20(2), 222-238. doi:10.1080/10999949.2018.1520067

Halliday, A. S. (2017). Envisioning Black Girl Futures. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 6(3), 65-77. doi:10.1525/dcqr.2017.6.3.65

Most Cited Publications