Aisha Finch


Aisha Finch
Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Emory University


Aisha Finch is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. A formally trained scholar of the African Diaspora, her research focuses on the study of slavery in Cuba and the Atlantic World, transnational Black feminism, and Black political movements and social life in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the U.S. Broadly speaking, Prof. Finch's work explores the radical Black practices of freedom that disrupted slavery, colonialism, and patriarchy in nineteenth-century Cuba; the gendered analytics and feminist methodologies that have transformed studies of slavery; and the ways in which transnational genealogies of Black feminism engender alternative readings of colonial archives. She is the author of Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844, which received the Harriet Tubman Book Prize from the Schomburg Center’s Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery, and was a finalist for the Fredrick Douglass Book Prize. She is also the co-editor, with Fannie T. Rushing, of Breaking the Chains, Forging the Nation: The Afro-Cuban Fight for Freedom and Equality, 1812-1912. Finch's new research focuses on comparative histories of Black women and the sacred, arguing that Black women in the rural Caribbean and the U.S. South presented an insistent refusal to the violence of the plantation world, during and after slavery, through their knowledge and reimagination of the sacred. She has also begun work on an exploration of Black feminist intellectual thought in the GlobalHispanophone, examining the ways in which activists and scholars in Latin America have redefined the boundaries of Black feminism through their critiques of coloniality and anti-Blackness. 


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