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Charneka Lane

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Department of Anthropology

Dr. Nikki Lane has a rich interdisciplinary research program that borrows from feminist and queer traditions within Linguistic Anthropology, Cultural Studies, and Critical Geographies. In addition to addressing broad issues of sexuality within American popular culture, her work addresses the lived experiences and cultural expressions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer individuals within the African Diaspora. Through grappling both with cultural expressions and lived experiences of individuals at various intersections of social experience, her work pushes toward explicating the interrelationships between race, gender, sexuality, and class.


American University, Ph.D Anthropology with a Concentration in Race, Gender and Social Justice American University, M.A. Public Anthropology George Washington University, B.A. Women’s Studies

CAS - Anthropology
Battelle Tompkins - Basement
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  • Spring 2018

    • AMST-320 American Cultural History: Kendrick: Black Men & Hip-Hop
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    • AMST-396 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: #BlackLivesMatter and Beyond
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Black Queer Studies, Black Feminist Theory, American popular culture, urban spatial politics, critical discourse analysis, and sexual cultures throughout the African Diaspora.

Selected Publications

"All the Lesbians are White, All the Villages are Gay, but Some of Us are Brave: Intersectionality, Belonging, and Black Queer Women's Scene Space in Washington, D.C." In Lesbian Geographies: Gender, Place, and Power, edited by . , 219-242. In Ashgate. 

  "Black Women Queering the Mic: Missy Elliot Disturbing the Boundaries of Racialized Sexuality and Gender." Journal of Homosexuality 58(6-7): 775-792.