Moya Z. Bailey

Moya Z. Bailey

Assistant Professor, CSG Studies and WGS Studies, Northeastern University

Visiting Scholar 2020-2021

Hosted by Professors Sandy Alexandre and Helen Elaine Lee, MIT Program in Women’s and Gender Studies

Moya Z. Bailey


Moya Bailey is a scholar of critical race, feminist, and disability studies. Her work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion. She is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She currently curates the #transformDH Tumblr initiative in Digital Humanities. She is also the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network.



Mysogynoir Transformed: Black Women's Digital Resistance, NYU Press, 2021. 

#Hashtag Activism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice by Sarah J. Jackson, Moya Bailey and Brooke Foucault Welles. MIT Press, 2020.​ [FREE FULL READ]

“Redefining Representation: Black Women’s Digital Media Production,” Screen Bodies 1.1, February 2016.

“#transform(ing)DH Writing and Research: An Autoethnography of Digital Humanities and Feminist Ethics,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 9.2, 2015.

“Homolatent Masculinity in Hip Hop Culture,” Palimpsest 2.2, 2013.


Professor Moya Bailey named to Essence Magazine’s Woke 100 Women of 2018 (Northeastern News, May 2018)

Moya Bailey has always known that a black woman in America has to navigate a compounded, specific kind of discrimination. There just wasn’t a name for it. So in 2010, while researching her dissertation, she came up with one. Bailey coined the term “misogynoir” to recognize the specific race- and gender-based biases black women face in pop culture—a topic to which she’s dedicated her research ever since.

In recognition of this work, she was named No. 5 on Essence Magazine’s Woke 100 Women for 2018.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this list,” said Bailey, assistant professor of cultures, societies, and global studies and of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Northeastern. “It’s nice to have a magazine like Essence acknowledge work that is specifically about black women and challenging the way we represent them.”

Essence defines itself as a brand to which “black women come first for news, entertainment, and motivation.”

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3 Questions: Moya Bailey on the intersection of racism and sexism, MIT News, 11 January 2021



Misogynoir: A Conversation with Dr. Moya Bailey, 14 March 2023

Misogynoir Transformed: A conversation with Demita Frazier and Moya Bailey, 6 May 2021

Black Feminist Health Science Studies Symposium, 18 Mar 2021

My Sister's Keeper and Moya Bailey in conversation: A virtual fireside chat. 14 Oct 2020





Congratulations and welcome to Prof. Moya Bailey, 2020-2021 MLK Visiting Professor in WGS! It's harder to get to know each other virtually, so we asked her 3 questions so you can meet her! 1. What are you looking forward to at MIT? I'm excited to be connected to feminists who are actively exploring the sciences. My course, "Black Feminist Health Science Studies," [WGS.S10, offered Spring 2021] is really designed to make some critical connections between feminism, science, technology, and society. I really can't think of a better group of students with which to explore these topics. 2. Your new book #HashtagActivism came out at a poignant time with Covid-19 keeping us home more. What are the crucial hashtags you are looking out for in the “new civil rights movement?" Unfortunately, I think we will continue to see hashtags that point to the public health crisis that is racism in the form of the names of extrajudicially killed Black people. I am excited about the hashtags that help expand our advocacy to behavior changes like #StayTheFuckHome and #MasksSaveLives. 3. Favorite song? If the class had a theme song it would be "Brujas" by Princess Nokia. #ThisIsMIT #OneMIT

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