Graduate Student Research Showcase
The graduate students in the American Studies program at Purdue produce forward-thinking original scholarship and creative productions that push the boundaries of American Studies as a field, as well as that of the various disciplines with which they engage. This page regularly showcases these young scholars and their current interdisciplinary research and also alumni from the program.
Aria S. Halliday, Ph.D. '17 is an Assistant Professor of Africana Feminisms in Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire. Aria specializes in the study of contemporary cultural constructions of black girlhood and womanhood in material, visual, and digital culture. She engages broad interdisciplinary interests in sexuality, Black feminism, and radicalism in Black popular culture in the United States and the Caribbean. Her research/reviews are featured in Departures in Critical Qualitative Research and Journal of African American History. She also has articles/book chapters forthcoming in Girlhood Studies (Winter 2018), SOULS (Spring 2019), Palimpsest (Fall 2019), Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African American Print (University of Wisconsin Press, April 2019). She is also the author of Beyond Barbie: Nicki Minaj, Disney, and Black Women’s Cultural Production (under contract, University of Illinois Press) and the editor of Imagining Worlds for Black Girls: The Black Girlhood Studies Collection (under contract, Canadian Scholars/Women’s Press). She is the founder of the Digital Black Girls project, a digital humanities database that archives representations of Black girls in popular culture. Dr. Halliday has served as the co-chair of the Girls’ and Girls Studies Caucus at the National Women’s Studies Association since 2016.