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Lia Bascomb

Lia T. Bascomb is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Georgia State University. She earned her B.A. at Yale University and her M.A. and Ph.D. at The University of California, Berkeley. Her current research projects investigate popular culture as a site of national identity formation in the Caribbean; gender, belonging, and land rights in diasporic settlement and its literary representations; genealogies of the black female body in visual images of the Caribbean; and the role of the "freak" in building a diasporic identity in black American music. Areas of Research and Teaching: African diaspora studies, cultural studies, Caribbean studies, gender and sexuality, visual culture, and performance.

Ph.D., African Diaspora Studies, Liberal Arts (Family and Human Development), University of California-Berkeley

M.A., African Diaspora Studies, University of California-Berkeley
B.A., African American Studies, Yale University 

Recent and Selected Publications

Bascomb, Lia T. “Rude Girl, Big Woman: Power and Play in Representations of Caribbean Women.” Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International 3, no. 2 (2015).

2010. "Eyes Wide Open: A Case Study Reflecting on Black Awakening." The Black Scholar. Summer 2010. Vol 40. No 2. pp. 34-38.

2009. "Watching You, Watching Me: (side)notes from the field." The Diaspora newsletter. Fall 2009. pp 12-13.

2009. “Ntela Mama (Tell My Mother)” The Diaspora newsletter, Spring/Summer 2011. pp 16-21

Research and Teaching Interests

African Diaspora Studies
Gender Studies and Sexuality
Visual Culture
Cultural Studies
Caribbean Studies