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Little, Mahaliah Ayana

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Email: mahaliah.little@rutgers.edu

Education

B.A., English, Spelman College, 2013

Research Interests

Black Women's studies; media and popular culture; hip hop; sexuality; gender; the power of words/reinforcing images.

Biographical Notes

Mahaliah Ayana Little graduated from Spelman College with a BA in English. Her thoughful upbringing & genuine zeal for learning has molded her into an examiner of minutiae. Mahaliah has recently had her essay, "Why Don't We Love These Hoes: Black Women, Popular Culture and the Contemporary Hoe Archetype," included in the upcoming anthology: the Black Female Sexualities Collection (co-edited by Dr. Joanne Braxton & Dr. Trimiko Melancon & published by Rutgers University Press). This essay reflects her research interests in the nexus of hip hop, sexuality, gender, & the power of words/reinforcing images. A burgeoning scholar passionate about contemporary Black Women's studies and gender inquiries, Mahaliah seeks to examine how media and popular culture (memes & music, for example) intersect to mold the minds & lexicon of 21st century Black folk. Joining the WGS network at Rutgers, New Brunswick, and earning a Master's degree will be the first step towards becoming a college professor and fulfilling her pledge as a UNCF Mellon Mays Fellow. In her free time, Mahaliah enjoys cooking, the scent and taste of strong, fair trade coffee, reading, sculpting/painting, and fresh flowers. Mahaliah is a native of the small town of Norcross, Georgia, & is stockpiling fleeces in preparation for braving her first winter in the northeast. Come November, she may petition to lift the ban on space heaters in campus housing; please, join the movement.

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It is inherent to the discipline of Women's Studies to deal with complex subjects through theoretical lenses, which question conventional knowledge production. This department, one of the most distinguished departments of WGS in the country, has a highly visible faculty of national and international reputation invited to speak in various fora on sometimes highly controversial subjects. Such faculty members, as scholars, have not only a right, but also an obligation to produce and disseminate knowledge within and beyond the academy. Moreover, as private citizens, our faculty continue to enjoy the same freedoms of speech and expression as any private citizen and in accordance with university policy the department supports their protection from institutional discipline in the exercise of these academic and free speech rights. 


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