Dr. Zenzele Isoke
Associate Director

Dr. Zenzele is an Associate Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. She studies black women’s politics and activism in urban spaces. She teaches courses in feminist theory and methods, women and race in the U.S. gender and popular culture, and black feminist geographies. Her first book entitled, Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance will be released by Palgrave-MacMillian Press in 2012. Using intersectionality as a central analytic tool and the stories that contemporary Black women activists tell about “politics“ as her primary evidence, her book examines both the practical and discursive roles that black women activists play in hip hop politics, black queer politics, and other contemporary social movements in the U.S. She has two new articles forthcoming in Transforming Anthropology: A Journal of Black Anthropology and Gender, Place, and Culture. She is has recently began a new research project on Afro-Arab women and hip hop culture in the Dubai, UAE.

Dr. Isoke received her Ph.D in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University,