Ashley Coleman

0092101-16KH JWJI Ashley ColemanVisiting Lecturer 

25 Park Place, Room 2205


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Core faculty, Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Ph.D., Emory University, 2016

Ashley Coleman Taylor is an interdisciplinary ethnographer specializing in the lived experiences of black corporeality, black genders and sexualities, and African diaspora religious experience. Her current research and teaching explores the phenomenology of black femme gender performance and the pragmatics of Atlanta queer and trans* activism. She is currently working on An Oral History of Black LGBT Atlanta, a digital humanities project combining audio interviews, photographic archives, and life histories of Atlanta-based community leaders. This project has been in development for the past two years and is funded in part through an Arcus Foundation grant.

Additionally, Coleman Taylor is preparing her book manuscript, Magestad Negra: Race, Class, Gender and Religious Experience in the Puerto Rican Imaginary. The book project employs Jamesian pragmatism and black feminist thought to examine lived experiences of blackness, gender, and corporeality in the Puerto Rican context. She is specifically interested in Afro-Puerto Rican sacred and secular spaces where women resist coloniality and its demands on black female embodiment.

Fields of Study

Black Feminism, Ethnographic Methods, Black Queer Studies, Atlanta Studies, Caribbean Studies, African Diaspora Religion

Course Taught

· Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
· African American Gay and Lesbian Activism
· Globalization and Gender