Scholars Share Research in Black Sexual Economies Project

Black Sexual Economies Project research scholars

The law school’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital recently brought together a working group of diverse research scholars from seven universities to explore interdisciplinary themes related to the Black Sexual Economies Project.

Under the leadership of Adrienne Davis, the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law, the project’s goal is to stimulate cross-disciplinary research on legal and cultural issues regarding race, gender, and sexuality. Designed as a four-year working group, the project aims to craft new paradigms for thinking about race, gender, and sexuality through open dialogue, papers, and other published works that will culminate in a public conference.

“Most studies of race and sexuality have emphasized injury, trauma, and representation,” Davis notes. “The Black Sexual Economies Project emphasizes other, under-attended factors in the analysis of black sexual cultures, including pleasure, regulation, labor, consumption, and production. The project embraces an explicitly interdisciplinary approach that combines a focus on law and legal regulation with analyses of identity politics; networks of sexual exchange; social policy; and literature, media, and cultural performances.”

Project research scholars are:

  • Adrienne Davis, project director and co-convener, Washington University School of Law
  • Mireille Miller-Young, co-convener, Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Marlon Bailey, Gender Studies and American Studies, Indiana University
  • Felice Blake, English, University of California, Berkeley
  • Lamonda Horton-Stallings, African American and African Diaspora Studies and Gender Studies, Indiana University–Bloomington
  • Xavier Livermon, African Diaspora Studies, Gender Studies, and Black Cultural Studies, Wayne State University
  • Jeffrey McCune, American Studies and Women’s Studies, University of Maryland
  • Matt Richardson, English, African and African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas–Austin