Ayana Weekley

Associate Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Email: weekleya@gvsu.edu
Phone:  616-331-8173
Office:  215 Lake Ontario Hall

Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/ayanaweekley


  • PhD, Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota, 2010
  • BA, Psychology, Truman State University, 2002


Dr. Weekley teaches WGS 343: Black Feminist Thought, WGS 360: Foundations of Feminism, and WGS 200: Introduction to Gender Studies. She has been a faculty fellow for Women’s Leadership House and teaches in Freshman Academy.

Research interests: Her research interests include race, gender, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, black feminist studies, and periodical studies. Her current work examines representations of HIV/AIDS in women’s magazines, including Essence and Cosmopolitan. Dr. Weekley was also a co-convener for the “Gender, Race, and Representation in Magazines and New Media,” held at Cornell University, Fall 2013.


  • PEW Teaching Award (2014) 

Other interests:

Dr. Weekley serves as a Volunteer Advocate with the YWCA West Central Michigan.

Recent Publications:

“Don't We All Want the Same Things?: Race, Feminist Theory, and the Feminist Classroom.” Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy Vol. XXII no. 2, (Winter 2012): 44-56.

“Saving Me Through Erasure?: HIV/AIDS and Respectability in Bill Duke’s Cover.” In Black Female Sexualities. Edited Trimiko Melancon & Joanne M. Braxton. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2015.