Barnard College is proud to announce that Professor Aimee Meredith Cox has been named the 2017-18 Virginia C. Gildersleeve Professor. Professor Cox will deliver the Gildersleeve Distinguished Lecture entitled "We Have Always Been Here": Black Feminism and Anthropology: This is NOT an Intervention on Monday, March 19, fom 4:10-6:30 (including reception).
Professor Cox is jointly appointed as an Associate Professor in the departments of African American Studies and Anthropology at Yale University. She earned her M.A. and PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and B.A. with honors in Anthropology from Vassar College. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of Anthropology, Black Studies, and Performance Studies. Cox’s first monograph, Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship (Duke 2015), won a book award from the Society for the Anthropology of North America, a 2016 Victor Turner Book Prize in Ethnographic Writing and Honorable Mention from the 2016 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize, given by the National Women’s Studies Association. She is the editor of the forthcoming volume, Gender: Space (MacMillan). Cox is also a former professional dancer. She danced on scholarship with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and toured extensively with Ailey II. Her next ethnographic project, Living Past Slow Death, explores the creative strategies individuals and communities enact to reclaim Black life in the urban United States.