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Shatema Threadcraft
Shatema Threadcraft
Assistant Professor
Hickman Hall - 311

By Appointment

Political Theory, Women and Politics, African American Political Thought



Ph.D. Yale University
M.Sc. London School of Economics
B.A. Harvard University


Refereed Journal Articles

N.O. Kwate and Shatema A. Threadcraft, “Perceiving the Black female body: Race and Gender in Police Constructions of Body Weight,” Race and Social Problems, September 2015, vol. 7, no. 3 (2015).

“Intimate Injustice, Political Obligation and the Dark Ghetto,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 39, no. 3 (2014), (Winner American Political Science Association’s Okin-Young Award, Best Article in Feminist Political Theory, 2014).

Invited Journal Articles

“The Black Female Body at the Intersection of State Failure and Necropower,” Critical Exchanges, Contemporary Political Theory, 15:80-118 (2016).

“‘Movement’ Justice and the Capabilities Approach: Resources, Social Environments and Social Attitudes in Black Urban Space,” Philosophy & Social Criticism, Special Issue: A Symposium on Amartya Sen’s The Idea of Justice, Vol 41, No. 1 (2015).

Hancock, Ange-Marie and Shatema Threadcraft, “W.E.B. Du Bois and the ‘Scientific’ Study of Race,” SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Vol. 7, nos. 3-4 (2005): 72-73.

Book Chapters

“Embodiment: From Phenomenology to Intersectionality,” Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory, Mary Hawkesworth and Lisa Disch, eds., Oxford University Press, 2015.


  • Faculty Fellow, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, 2016-2017
  • American Political Science Association’s Okin-Young Award, Best Paper in Feminist Political Theory, 2015
  • AAUW Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2014-2015
  • Faculty Fellow, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Sawyer Seminar, “Race, Place and Space in the Americas: New Questions and Comparative Analysis,” Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity, 2012-2013
  • National Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics, Mae C. King Distinguished Paper Award on Women, Gender and Black Politics, 2011
  • Faculty Fellow, “Narratives of Power: New Articulations of Race, Gender, Sexuality and Class,” Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, 2010-2011
  • Ford Foundation Diversity Dissertation Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • Center for the Study of Citizenship, Race and Ethnicity Dissertation Fellowship, College of St. Rose, 2009-2010 (declined).
  • Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism, Participant, Inaugural Session 2009
  • Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition Fellowship, Summer 2008
  • Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Political Philosophy, 2003 – 2007

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