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 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.
- “Homolatent Masculinity in Hip Hop Culture,” Palimpsest, SUNY Press 2013.
- “#transform(ing)DH Writing and Research: An Autoethnography of Digital Humanities and Feminist Ethics,” Digital Humanities Quarterly, 2015 9.2.
- “Redefining Representation: Black Women’s Digital Media Production,” Screen Bodies, 2016 1.1.
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.”
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