Ayesha K. Hardison

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - English, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Blake Hall
Room 318
University of Kansas
1541 Lilac Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045


Langston Hughes Visiting Professor, 2014

Spring 2019:  Dr. Hardison is teaching WGSS 396 "Studies in: Black Feminist Theory."

Spring 2019 Office Hours: Tuesdays & by email appointment.


Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Michigan

Research Interests

  • Twentieth-century and twenty-first-century African American literature
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Cultural history and theory
  • Twentieth-century and contemporary visual media

Selected Publications


Hardison, Ayesha K. Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature, American Literatures Initiative, University of Virginia Press, May 2014.

Selected Articles

Hardison, Ayesha K. “Stalled in the Movement: The Black Panther Party in Night Catches Us.” The Strange Career of Jim Crow North.Eds. Brian Purnell and Jeanne Theoharis, with Komozi Woodard. New York: New York University Press, 2019. 307-331.​

Hardison, Ayesha K. “Theorizing Jane Crow, Theorizing Literary Fragments.” Critical Reply to “Theorizing Jane Crow, Theorizing Unknowability” by Kristie Dotson. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 7.2 (2018): 56-63. Web. 20 February 2018: https://wp.me/p1Bfg0-3UA

Hardison, Ayesha K. “Where Author and Auteur Meet: Genre, the Erotic, and Black Female Subjectivity.” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism 12.1 (April 2014): 88-120.

Hardison, Ayesha K. “Crossing the Threshold: Zora Neale Hurston, Racial Performance, and Seraph on the Suwanee.” African American Review 46.2-3 (Summer/Fall 2013): 217-235.

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Selected Awards & Honors

Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program, New York Public Library, 2018.

Kansas Humanities Council Grant, 2017.

Nancy Dasher Award, College English Association of Ohio, Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature, 2015.

Choice Outstanding Academic Title from American Library Association, Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature, 2014.

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010-2011.

Black Metropolis Research Consortium Short-Term Fellowship, 2009.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2005-2006.

Dr. Janet Sharistanian

Dr. Janet Sharistanian, founding director of KU Women’s Studies, passed away on Wed., Feb. 6, 2019. More information »

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