Curriculum Vitae



Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The Ohio State University, 2021

Major Field: Black Feminism, Black Sexuality Studies

Dissertation: “Hushed Articulations: Theorizing Representations of Black Women’s Post-Violence Sexuality”

Advisor: Treva B. Lindsey

Committee: Treva B. Lindsey, Shannon Winnubst, Wendy Smooth, Mary Thomas


Women’s and Gender Studies

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 2016

Thesis: “The Flesh is Weak”: Black Women’s Sexuality and the Utility of Trauma”

Advisor: Brittney Cooper

Committee: Marisa Fuentes, Nikol Alexander-Floyd



Spelman College, 2013

Honors Thesis: “Why Don’t We Love These Hoes?”: Black Women, Popular Culture, and the Contemporary Hoe Archetype”



Fair, Freda L., and Mahaliah A. Little. “Erotic Illegibility and Desire in Representations of Black Sexuality.” American Quarterly, vol. 71 no. 1, 2019, p. 151-159.

Book Reviews

Little, Mahaliah A. “Christina Sharpe, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being: Review.” Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, vol. 6, no. 1, 2017, pp. 137–140.

Book Chapters

Little, Mahaliah A. “Why Don’t We Love These Hoes? Black Women, Popular Culture, and the Contemporary Hoe Archetype.” Black Female Sexualities. Ed. Trimiko Melancon and Joanne M. Braxton. New Brunswick: Rutgers New Brunswick, 2015. 89-99.


 “Ephemeral Remains: Meditations on the Aftermath of Sexual Violence,”  There is No Hierarchy of Journals: Intersectional Feminist Perspectives. (Under Review)

Awards, Fellowships & Grants 

2020-2021| American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellowship

2020| Honorable Mention for 2020-2021 Ford Dissertation Completion Fellowship Competition

2019| SSRC Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Grant

2018| SSRC Mellon Mays Graduate Studies Enrichment Grant

2017| SSRC Mellon Mays Graduate Studies Enrichment Grant

2017| The Ohio State University Department of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Travel Grant for Graduate Students

2016-2017| The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Enrichment Fellowship                                                                                            

2011-2013| UNCF Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship                                                                                            

Invited Talks

2020| Black Feminist Versuz – Black Feminist Kitchen Summer School, Resource Sharing Circle, Zoom Webinar, July 9th

2020| “Perhaps My Protest Looks Different”: A Panel Discussion. American Shakespeare Center, Zoom Webinar, June 19th

2020| Community Conversation: Women, Gender, & Sexuality, Lincoln Theater Association, Columbus, OH, March 26th

(Postponed Due to COVID-19)

2018| Volunteer Lecturer on Sexual Assault with Mary Thomas and Deja Beamon, Richland Correctional Institute, Richland Ohio February 28th

2018| Coffee & Conversation: WOC Speak on Childish Gambino’s “This Is America.” Zora’s House Women of Color Co-Working Space, Columbus, OH, May 18th

Research Experience

2019| Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Treva B. Lindsey, the Ohio State University, May – September

Compiled data of black women killed by police violence from 2000 to the present, a bibliography of black women scholars who have written about prison abolition and reform, and various spreadsheets compiling data about black women starring in film and television in the 1990s.

2018-2019| Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Andreá N. Williams, the Ohio State University, October – April

Gathered research via microfilm, state and nationwide databases, and digital magazine archives.

2012| Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, the University of California, Los Angeles, June – August

Produced an original research project while mentored by Dr. Lisbeth Gant-Britton and Dr. Sarah Haley that was revised and later submitted for publication in the 2015 Black Female Sexualities anthology (RU Press 2015).

Teaching Experience

The Ohio State University

Dept of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies – Instructor

Gender, Race, and Sex In Popular Culture: (SU 2018)

Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Cross Registered with Dept. of English and African and African American Studies) – Instructor

Black Women Writers- Texts and Contexts: (SP 2018) (AU 2018) (SPR 2019) (SU 2019) (SPR 2020) (SU 2020)

Dept of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies – Graduate Teaching Associate

Gender, Sex, and Power – Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies: (AU 2017)

The Michael V. Drake Institute For Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University

Awarded AU 2020| Teaching endorsement in recognition of the successful completion of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Meaningful Inquiry Workshop

Marion Correctional Institution

Healing Broken Circles Nonprofit, Inc. – Volunteer & Instructor

Our World in Fiction: Gender, Social Status, and Race in Jesmyn Ward’s Sing Unburied, Sing (SPR 2019)

Black Women’s Magical Realism: from Lesley Nneka Arimah’s What It Means When A Man Falls from the Sky, Leone Ross’ Come, Let Us Sing Anyway & Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild & Other Stories

Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Department of American Studies – Teaching Assistant and Grader                                                                                                                                                                     

History and Culture of Hip-Hop: (AU 2015)

Conference Presentations and Activity

Panels Moderated

2018| Panel 1: Mobility & Containment – Naming (In)Justice Symposium + Zine Workshop: Rights and Resistance Across Queer Migrations and Trafficking, Ohio State University, October 18th

Panel Discussions

2017| “The Profundity of Deep Southern Culture”: An Analysis of Queen Sugar and Moonlight,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference 2017, November 16th

2017| “The Profundity of Deep Southern Culture”: An Analysis of Queen Sugar and Moonlight,” American Studies Association Conference 2017, November 9th

Papers Presented

2017| “Impolite & Unimaginable Erotics: Representations of Enslaved African American Women’s Sexuality,” Department of Black Studies “This Is Not Your Grandfather’s Black Studies”: Centering Pleasure and Anti-Respectability as Methodology” Annual Conference, University of Missouri, October 14th

2015| “20 Years After Sylvia Wynter’s “NHI.”: The Implosion of the Post-Racial Myth in America,” Department of Women’s and Gender Studies Human Futures Graduate Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, April 24th

2013| “Why Don’t We Love These Hoes?: Black Women, Popular Culture & the Contemporary “Hoe” Archetype,” Annual Research Day Conference, Spelman College, April 19th

2012| “Why Don’t We Love These Hoes?: Black Women, Intra-gender Oppression & the Contemporary “Hoe” Archetype,” Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Southeastern Regional Conference, University of Texas, Austin, November 17th              

2012| “Why Don’t We Love These Hoes?: Black Women, Intra-gender Oppression & the Contemporary “Hoe” Archetype,” Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research Conference, University of Los Angeles, August 14th    

2011| “The Revolution Will Not be Televised:  Poems of the Black Arts Movement,” UNCF MMUF Summer Institute, Emory University, June 24th                       

Campus & Departmental Talks

2020| “Word On the Street” 42nd Anniversary Community Conversation. OSU Black Student Association, February 26th

2017| “Pay It No Mind”: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson,” Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University, February 8th

Service to Profession

National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA): Level 1 Conference Proposal Reviewer

For the upcoming 2020-2021 NWSA Conference Will be virtual due to COVID-19)

There is No Hierarchy of Journals: Intersectional Feminist Perspectives Peer Reviewer

For the inaugural issue established by Intersections, the graduate student organization of the Ohio State University Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Departmental and University Service

2019| Booked N’ Busy Book Club, January – December

Founded a book club with the support of WGSS at OSU after former students expressed interest in continuing to read Black women writers and Black writers

2017| Anti-Racism Committee Member, Spring Semester

My faculty committee members and I hosted an event during which graduate teaching associates and instructors in our department came together to workshop standard responses to difficult classroom situations caused by the political polarization of the 2016 presidential election

2016-2019| Feminist Sex-Ed Presenter

Co-presented for the Feminist Sex-Ed Program created by Dr. Jon Branfman with other WGSS graduate students. Feminist Sex-Ed presentations are LGBTQIA+ inclusive, pro-pleasure, and evidence-based

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

National Women’s Studies Association

American Studies Association

Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society

National Association of Spelman Alumnae, Columbus Chapter

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.