Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley

Associate Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Omise’eke Tinsley is an Associate Professor of Black Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, where she specializes in Black Feminism and Black Queer Studies. She teaches the nation’s first “Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” class, which BuzzFeed rated #1 in its 2014 list of Celebrity College Classes You’ll Want to Enroll in. She researches and publishes on queer and feminist Caribbean performance and literature. Thiefing Sugar, her first monograph, was published by Duke University Press in 2010. Her articles appear in journals including GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Feminist Studies, and Small Axe. She is currently at work on a book project entitled “Ezili’s Mirrors: Black Feminism, Afro Atlantic Genders, and the Work of the Imagination,” which explores spirituality and sexuality in 21st century queer Caribbean literature, dance, music and film. She is a regular contributor to Time, Ebony, The Advocate, and Huffington Post. Her artistic work includes performance and collaboration with Ananya Dance Theatre as well as a novel in progress entitled Water, Shoulders, Into the Black Pacific, which explores relationships between black female shipbuilders during World War II.