Treva Lindsey

Treva Lindsey


Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University
Hear Our Screams: A Contemporary History of State and State Sanctioned Violence Against Black Women and Girls
Research on Women and Girls of Color Fellow
2016-2017 Academic Year

Dr. Treva Lindsey is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Her research and teaching interests include African American women’s history, black popular and expressive culture, black feminism(s), hip hop studies, critical race and gender theory, and sexual politics.  She has published in The Journal of Pan-African Studies, Souls, African and Black Diaspora, the Journal of African American Studies, African American Review, The Journal of African American History, Meridians, Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, Urban Education, The Black Scholar, Feminist Studies, Signs, and the edited collection, Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem. She is also the recipient of several awards and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Emory University, the National Women’s Studies Association, the Coca Cola Critical Difference for Women Grant, the Center for Arts and Humanities at the University of Missouri and the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. Dr. Lindsey was the inaugural recipient of the University of Missouri Faculty Achievement in Diversity Award. Her first book entitled, Colored No More: New Negro Womanhood in the Nation’s Capital is in production at the University of Illinois Press (Spring 2017). She is the co-editor of a forthcoming collection on the future of Black Popular Culture Studies (NYU Press). She is building a strong online presence by guest contributing to forums such as Al Jazeera, Cosmopolitan, HuffPost Live, Complex Magazine, The Marc Steiner Show, and The Left of Black Web series.

Project Description

Hear Our Screams: A Contemporary History of State and State Sanctioned Violence Against Black Women and Girls

Black women and girls occupied a marginal space in discussions about Black violability. The names of women and girls such as Tarika Wilson, Pearlie Golden, Rekia Boyd, Tanisha Anderson, Aiyana Jones, Renisha McBride, and Yvette Smith remain widely unknown. Their stories, and more specifically, their fatal experiences with White police and security officers and vigilantes disrupt a masculinist framing of anti-Black state violence. Knowing their names and stories compels conversations surrounding anti-Black state violence to wrestle with how gender and sexuality affect how we mobilize and organize for racial justice. Furthermore, using an intersectional approach to addressing Black violability broadens how we think about state and state sanctioned anti-Black violence. A more inclusive approach to anti-Black state violence encompasses the range of violence and violation Black people experience.

We often cite a painful lineage of anti-Black violence against Black men and boys from Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin/Jonathan Ferrell/Jordan Davis/Oscar Grant/Ezell Ford/John Crawford/Michael Brown, while forgetting or not fully acknowledging the painful of lineage of anti-Black violence against Black women and girls from Addie Mae Collins/Cynthia Wesley/Carole Robertson/Denise McNair (more commonly identified as the Four Little Girls killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963) to Latasha Harlins/Rekia Boyd/Renisha McBride/Aiyana Jones/Pearlie Golden/Tarika Wilson/Shereese Francis/Sandra Bland. Putting these two lineages in conversation with one another paints a broader and more accurate picture of Black violability and anti-Black violence. It also allows for more nuanced and useful conversations about the gendered dynamics of racial injustice. This project will offer foundational research and analytical tools for crafting a gender-inclusive framework for understanding and combating contemporary anti-Black state violence.

2016-2017: Research on Women and Girls of Color Fellow

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