Gender in Africa and the African Diaspora (GAAD) RIG

The purpose of this RIG is to strengthen the work of, and foster contact among, scholars interested in gender in Africa and the African diaspora, and the intersectionality of gender, sexuality, and feminism as related to Africa and the African diaspora. Our mission is to explore these topics from interdisciplinary perspectives and examine how they intersect with key political processes, power structures, and cultural narratives. We are interested in the diverse lives of women and men as they are shaped by gender, class, race, ethnicity, culture, nationhood projects, state policies, colonialism, and globalization. We hope to promote collaborative scholarship, create a supportive environment for scholars with interests in Africa and the African diaspora, and to increase the visibility of and understanding of these themes within the larger university community.

To be added to the listserv to stay aware of upcoming RIG events, please contact Melissa Graboyes at

 2015-16 RIG Coordinator

Kemi Balogun, Departments of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, kbalogun(at)