Bio

Grace D. Gipson, PhD

Black Future Feminist, Professor, Pop Culture Scholar, Black Creative, Scholar Activist

Dr. Gipson is an assistant professor in the department of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

She received her PhD in African American Studies from the University of California Berkeley. Before joining the Department of African American Studies at VCU in 2020, she served as a Frederick Douglass Institute (FDI) for African and African American Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rochester and a Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University.

As a Black future feminist/pop culture scholar, her research and teaching interests explore Black popular culture, digital humanities, representations of race and gender within comic books, Afrofuturism, and race and new media.

Her current book project seeks to explore Black female identities as personified in comics and fandom culture. A second project examines how online Black female academic and popular networks produce cultural and technical capital, which act as safe spaces that showcase, interrogate, and celebrate the blending of popular culture and the academy.

Outside the classroom, you can find Dr. Gipson collecting comic books, ticket stubs to the latest movie, stamps on her international travel discoveries, participating as part of the #BlackComicsChat podcast crew, and giving back to the community through a myriad of projects and organizations.