Christina Carney


- Joint Appointment with the Women’s and Gender Studies Department 

My manuscript, Militarized Deviance: Black women, surveillance and place-making in San Diego, examines histories of black queer women during different historical moments that defy a politics of respectability in relation to sexuality, class and gender performance. I re-read archives and conduct interviews with a focus that not only explains why histories of certain black queer women are invisible, but also what these stories can reveal about black life in San Diego and the larger US Southwest. My research project builds a theoretical framework for tracing the particular racial subjectivities of black queer women in the Southwest region engendered by the militarization of the U.S./Mexico border region. In addition to ethnic studies and queer of color critique scholarship, I also incorporate feminist and indigenous scholarship on militarization in the Pacific to illustrate the military’s increasing permeability with civilian life. Since surveillance technologies are indebted to the military in very particular ways, militarization changes the way I look at the surveillance of blackness and queerness in this project.

Courses Taught: 

BLSTU 2000 Introduction to Black Studies 

BLSTU 3230 Studies in Black Sexual Politics 

BLSTU/WGST 4020/7020 Black Feminism: Past & Present 

BLSTU 4804 Historical Studies of Black Women 

Recent Publications: 

Carney, C., Hernandez, J. and Wallace, A. M. (2016), "Sexual knowledge and practiced feminisms: On moral panic, black girlhoods, and hip hop." Journal of Popular Music Studies, 28: 412–426.

Carney, Christina. (2012), “The Politics of Representation for Black Women and the Impossibility of Queering the New Jersey 4/7.” In Wish to Live: The Hip-Hop Feminism Pedagogy Reader, edited by Ruth Nicole Brown and Chamara Jewel Kwakye, 71–77. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.