Naomi Extra

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  • ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow in Feminist Knowledge and Social Justice
  • Department: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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  • Research Interests: Black feminisms, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, Black women's history, African American literature
  • Education: Ph.D. in American Studies, Rutgers University, Newark


Naomi Extra is an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow in Feminist Knowledge and Social Justice in WGSS for 2021-2022. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies at Rutgers University, Newark. In both her creative and scholarly work, she explores the themes of pleasure and agency in the lives of Black women and girls. Her dissertation entitled "Sex-Positive Black Feminism: A Literary Tradition, 1967-1988"
is an interdisciplinary project that explores the work of three non canonical black queer writers—Red Jordan Arobateau, Ann Allen Shockley, and SDiane Bogus—whose writing about sex and sexuality changes the way we understand feminist, LGBTQ, and literary history in the United States. She has been awarded fellowships by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cave Canem, Crescendo Literary, and the African American Intellectual History Society. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, Zora, Glamour, Lit Hub, The Lily, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her poetry manuscript, Ratchet Supreme, was selected by poet Tiana Clark as the winner of the 2019 BOAAT Chapbook Prize. Currently, she teaches the undergraduate course Introduction to Critical Sexualities Studies.