Pembroke Center

Black Feminist Theory Scholars

The Black Feminist Theory Project hosts distinguished professorships, affiliated scholars, and graduate fellows in residence at the Pembroke Center.

Scholars affiliated with the Black Feminist Theory Project contribute to the Pembroke Center by participating in the Pembroke Seminar, presenting research lectures, and/or co-curating Black feminist special collections. 

Current Scholars

Past Scholars

  • Shoniqua Roach

    Shoniqua Roach

    2022-23 Affiliated Scholar, Black Feminist Theory Project, Visiting Scholar in Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Dr. Shoniqua Roach is a queer Black feminist writer and Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University. An American Council of Learned Societies and Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, her peer-reviewed work appears in venues such as Signs: journal of women in culture and society, differences: a journal of feminist cultural studies, and American Quarterly, among others. Roach is currently at work on her book manuscript, Black Dwelling: Home-Making and Erotic Freedom, an intellectual and cultural history of Black domestic spaces as tragic sites of state invasion and Black feminist enactments of erotic freedom. She sits on the editorial board of Signs: a journal of Women in Culture and Society.

  • Melaine Ferdinand-King

    Melaine Ferdinand-King

    2021-23 Graduate Curatorial Proctor, Black Feminist Theory Project

    Ferdinand-King is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Africana Studies. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College, where she concentrated in Women's Studies and African Diaspora & the World. Through the Cogut Institute, she earned a doctoral certificate in Collaborative Humanities and works to develop alternative practices for interpersonal engagement in public, private, and professional spaces. Her research interests include Black Aesthetics and Culture, Black Feminism, and the Black Radical Tradition. She is currently exploring the relationship between 20th century Afro-diasporic cultural production and Black political and spiritual philosophies to expand the contours of how we conceive of and analyze Black aesthetic expression and political action in the 21st century. 

  • N'Kosi Oates

    N'Kosi Oates

    2021-22 Graduate Curatorial Proctor, Black Feminist Theory Project

    Oates is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University. His research engages African American culture, aesthetics, literature, and social history from Reconstruction to the 1980s. His work has been published in the National Review of Black Politics, Journal of Africana Religions, and Black Perspectives. He is also a Cogut Mellon Fellow with the Cogut Institute for Humanities at Brown. N’Kosi earned his B.A. with distinction in Political Science and Communication from the University of Delaware. He also holds a M.A. in Religion from Yale University Divinity School.

  • Jallicia Jolly, BFTP affiliated scholar

    Jallicia Jolly

    2021-22 Affiliated Scholar, Black Feminist Theory Project , Visiting Scholar in Gender Studies

    Jolly is Assistant Professor in American Studies and Black Studies at Amherst College where her research focuses on the transnational politics of race, gender, sexuality and reproductive justice throughout the African diaspora. Jolly researches and teaches on Black women's health and activism, reproductive justice and health inequities, and intersectionality and HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and Caribbean. Jolly holds a PhD from the University of Michigan and a BA from Williams College.


  • Felicia Bishop Denaud

    Felicia Bishop Denaud

    2020 Graduate Curatorial Proctor, Black Feminist Theory Project

    Felicia Bishop Denaud is a doctoral candidate in Africana Studies at Brown University. Denaud, who won a 2019-20 Steinhaus/Zisson Research Grant from the Pembroke Center for her research on black women's reproductive labor in the context of empire and war-making, describes the Pembroke Center’s Feminist Theory Archive as an institutional home for “the memory work that underwrites Black feminist creation.” Denaud will work directly with scholars who give their papers to the archive in the name of the Black Feminist Theory.

  • Aneeka A. Henderson

    Aneeka A. Henderson

    2017-18 Affiliated Scholar in Residence, Black Feminist Theory Project

    Aneeka A. Henderson, Assistant Professor of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College. She is a 2017-2018 AAUW American Postdoctoral Fellow and a 2017 Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Career Enhancement Fellow. At Amherst College, she teaches a wide range of courses exploring a mosaic of African American literature, art, music, and film.

  • Ann duCille

    Ann duCille

    2016-17 Inaugural Distinguished Professor in Residence, Black Feminist Theory Project, Visiting Scholar in Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Ann duCille, Emerita Professor of English at Wesleyan University and author of Technicolored: Reflections on Race in the Time of TV, Skin Trade, and The Coupling Convention: Sex, Text, and Tradition in Black Women's Fiction. Ducille established the Black Feminist Theory Project at the Pembroke Center in 2016 and donated her papers to the Pembroke Center Archives in the name of the project.