Dr. Aria Halliday’s lecture will expound on research from her forthcoming book, Beyond Barbie, that traces the genealogy of cultural work Black women spearheaded at Mattel to create “anthropologically correct” dolls for Black girls, their intellectual and creative contributions, and the rise of consumer-driven marketing/sale algorithms.
Aria S. Halliday, Ph.D.?is Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and program in African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Halliday specializes in cultural constructions of Black girlhood and womanhood in material, visual, and digital culture in the 20th?and 21st?centuries. Her interdisciplinary interests include sexuality, Black feminism, and radicalism in Black popular culture in the United States and the Caribbean. She is the editor of?The Black Girlhood Studies Collection?(2019) and co-editor of a special issue on hip-hop feminism in?Journal of Hip Hop Studies?(2020). Her articles are featured in?Cultural Studies,?Departures in Critical Qualitative Research,?Girlhood Studies,?Palimpsest,?and?SOULS. Her book,?Beyond Barbie: Nicki Minaj, Disney, and Black Women’s Cultural Production?is under contract with the University of Illinois Press. Dr. Halliday is a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow (2020-2021) and has served as the co-chair of the Girls and Girls’ Studies Caucus at the National Women’s Studies Association since 2016. She is co-founder (with Ashleigh Greene Wade of Penn State) of the Digital Black Girls Archive, a digital humanities database featuring representations of and artwork created by Black girls in popular culture.