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Charneka Lane Professorial Lecturer Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative

CAS - Anthropology
Battelle Tompkins - Basement
PhD, Anthropology, American University MA, Public Anthropology George Washington University BA Women’s Studies

Dr. Nikki Lane has a rich interdisciplinary research program that borrows from feminist and queer traditions within Linguistic Anthropology, Cultural Studies, and Critical Geographies. In addition to addressing broad issues of sexuality within American popular culture, her work addresses the lived experiences and cultural expressions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer individuals within the African Diaspora. Through grappling both with cultural expressions and lived experiences of individuals at various intersections of social experience, her work pushes toward explicating the interrelationships between race, gender, sexuality, and class.
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Spring 2020

  • AFAM-396 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring: I Love the 90s

  • HNRS-398 Honors Challenge Course

  • WGSS-225 Gender, Politics & Power

  • WGSS-225 Gender, Politics & Power

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Black Queer Studies, Black Feminist Theory, American popular culture, urban spatial politics, critical discourse analysis, and sexual cultures throughout the African Diaspora.

Selected Publications

"All the Lesbians are White, All the Villages are Gay, but Some of Us Are Brave: Intersectionality, Belonging, and Black Queer Women's Scene Space in Washington, DC." In Lesbian Geographies: Gender, Place, and Power.

"Black Women Queering the Mic: Missy Elliot Disturbing the Boundaries of Racialized Sexuality and Gender." Journal of Homosexuality 58(6-7): 775-792.