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LaMonda Horton Stallings

LaMonda Horton Stallings Associate Professor of Gender Studies
Adjunct Associate Professor in American Studies

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Black Sexual Economies Project


Ph.D., English, Michigan State University, 2002
M.A., Appalachian State University, 1998
B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1995


G 101 - Gender, Culture, And Society
G302 - Issues In Gender Studies (Black Feminist Perspectives; Gender and Sexuality in Black Folklore; Gender and Sexuality in the Black Novel
G701 - Race, Culture, and Gender in the African Diaspora


My research challenges notions of what is worthy of study in African American literature and culture, and with this in mind I challenge the politics of “respectability” that so often impedes or inhibits analysis of all Black literature and culture.  Many of the impediments caused by concerns for the respectability and dignity of Black people stem from foundational dismissals of differences stemming from class distinctions, revisions of gender discourses, and fluidity of sexuality within changing African American experiences and cultural expressions for those experiences.  My research agenda is to illuminate and create ways of readings those differences so as to foster a greater understanding of various Black subjectivities and cultural expressions rather than project fears of those differences as deviance and dysfunction.  My first book, Mutha is Half a Word!: Intersections of Folklore, Vernacular, Myth, and Queerness in Black Female Culture (Ohio State University Press, 2007), critically engages folklore and vernacular theory, black cultural studies, and queer theory to examine the representation of sexual desire in fiction, poetry, stand-up comedy, neo-soul, and hip-hop created by black women. My current research projects include an edited collection on Donald Goines, a monograph on Black print erotica, sexual rights and nation, and a collection of essays on Black feminism and womanism.

Recent Publications

Word Hustle: Critical Essays on the work of Donald Goines. co-editor and contributing author with Greg Thomas (Black Classic Press, August 2011)

Guest Editor: Black Camera Special Issue.  “Eroticism and Sexuality in Black Film, Cinema, and Video” (Spring 2011)

“Redemptive Softness: Interiority, Intellect, and Black Women’s Ecstasy in Kathleen Collins’ Losing Ground” in  Black Camera Special Issue. “Eroticism and Sexuality in Black Film, Cinema, and Video” (Spring 2011)

“Bi-bell:  Spirituality and the Sexual Intellectual” in the Journal of Bisexuality (Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring 2010)

“Punked for Life: Radical Black Masculinities in Paul Beatty’s White Boy Shuffle” in African American Review (Vol 43, No.1 April 2010)