Ayana Weekley

Associate Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Email: [email protected]
Phone:  (616) 331-8173
Office:  215 Lake Ontario Hall


  • 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 the Oliver Wilson Scholars Program.

Research Interests: 

Dr. Weekley's research interests include race, gender, black feminist studies, and periodical studies. Her current work examines representations of black women 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) 

Recent Publications:

“Black Feminist Thought and the Gender, Women’s and Feminist PhD: A Roundtable Discussion,” Feminist Formations, 2020, forthcoming.

Co-Editor with Noliwe Rooks (Cornell) and Victoria Pass (Salisbury University). Women’s Magazines in Print and New Media. Routledge. 2016.

“When AIDS Arrived?: HIV/AIDS Coverage in Essence and Cosmopolitan.” In Women’s Magazines in Print and New Media. Routledge. 2016.

“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.

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