Aria Halliday

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 Digital Black Girls, a digital humanities project that documents representations of Black girls in popular culture. She was raised in Durham, North Carolina and is a proud alumna of Davidson College.


  • 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
  • New Media/Digital Humanities
  • Women & Girls - Quality of Life/Empowerment

Courses Taught

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

Selected Publications

Halliday, A. S. (2019). The Black Girlhood Studies Collection. Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Halliday, A. (2019). Centering Black Women in the Black Chicago Renaissance: Katherine Williams-Irvin, Olive Diggs, and "New Negro Womanhood". In Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African American Print (pp. 240-258). Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. Retrieved from

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