Jennifer Christine Nash
Jean Fox O'Barr Women's Studies Distinguished Professor

Jennifer C. Nash is the Jean Fox O'Barr Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She earned her PhD in African American Studies at Harvard University and her JD at Harvard Law School. 

She is the author of three books:

  • The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography (awarded the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize by the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Language Association)
  • Black Feminism Reimagined (awarded the Gloria Anzaldúa Book Prize by the National Women's Studies Association)
  • Birthing Black Mothers (awarded an Honorable Mention for the Gloria Anzaldúa Book Prize by the National Women's Studies Association).

Her fourth book, How We Write Now: Living With Black Feminist Theory, is forthcoming with Duke University Press in 2024.

She is the editor of Gender: Love (Macmillan, 2016), and a co-editor (with Samantha Pinto) of The Routledge Companion to Intersectionalities (Routledge, 2023).  She also co-edits (with Samantha Pinto) the Black Feminism on the Edge book series on Duke University Press.

Her research has been supported by the ACLS/Burkhardt Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute, and the Woodrow Wilson Junior Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship. 

Current Research Interests

black feminist theory; intersectionality; black sexual politics; black motherhood and black maternal health; birth work; race and law; feminist legal theory

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