Stephanie Andrea Allen

Stephanie Andrea Allen

Postdoctoral Fellow, Gender Studies

Visiting Assistant Professor, Gender Studies

Education

Ph.D., American Studies, Purdue University, 2015

Graduate certificate in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

M.A., Auburn University, 2007

B.A., Columbus State University, 2005

About Stephanie Andrea Allen

Stephanie Andrea Allen is an interdisciplinary studies scholar with a focus on representations of race, gender, sexuality, and culture in the U.S. Her research interests include Black lesbian literary history, LGBTQ representation in the South, ethnography, Black feminism, sexual citizenship, lesbian print culture, writing communities, and popular culture. 

Her current project “Marginal and Forbidden”: Black Lesbians, Contemporary American Culture, and the Politics of Representation, examines Black lesbian literature and film from 1972-2012 and argues that Black lesbian literature and other cultural artifacts mirror Black lesbians’ social, political, and cultural statuses, in that they are marginalized and often excluded from both Black and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities. She contends that Black lesbian cultural texts have two main goals: 1) to lay bare the experiences of Black lesbians in a raced, gendered, classed, and homophobic society; and 2) to challenge the notion that the claiming of a Black lesbian identity is “marginal and forbidden.” 

Publications

  • “Who’s Your Mammy? Tyler Perry and the Limits of Black Spectatorship.” The Problematic Perry. Ed. Brian C. Johnson. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. 2016. 79-91.
  • “Ethnicity and Sexual Identity in the United States,” The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. Eds. Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2015. 353-356.
  • “Sexual Stereotypes about Ethnic Minorities in the United States,” The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. Eds. Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2015. 1296-1300.

Selected Creative Writing

  • Black From the Future: A Collection of Black Speculative Writing. Eds. Stephanie Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle. Clayton: North Carolina, BLF Press. 2019
  • "On Black Lesbian Femme Invisibility." Sinister Wisdom, Editor. Julie R. Enszer no. 107, 2018, pp. 78-85.
  • A Failure to Communicate. Clayton: North Carolina, BLF Press. 2017.