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Lia BascombAssistant Professor of African American Studies


Ph.D., African Diaspora Studies, University of California-Berkeley
M.A., African Diaspora Studies, University of California-Berkeley
B.A., African American Studies, Yale University



Research Interests
African Diaspora Studies
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Visual Culture
Cultural Studies
Caribbean Studies



Dr. Lia T. Bascomb is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University.  She is trained as an interdisciplinary black studies scholar with emphases in diaspora theory, cultural theory, visual culture, performance studies, gender and sexuality, and literature. Her scholarly interests focus on representations and performances of nation, gender, and sexuality across the African diaspora with an emphasis on the Anglophone Caribbean.




Bascomb, Lia T. In Plenty and in Time of Need: Popular Culture and the Remapping of Barbadian Identity. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, Critical Caribbean Studies Series, 2019.

Peer Reviewed Articles:
Bascomb, Lia T. “Water, Roads, and Mapping Diaspora through Biomythography.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal 14, no. 1 (2017): article 10.
Bascomb, Lia T. “Freakifying History, Remixing Royalty.” African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal 9, no. 1 (2015): 57-69.
Bascomb, Lia T. “‘I’m So Proud to Be Your Queen’: Alison Hinds and Queenliness as a Diasporic Resource.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 13, no. 1 (2015): 78-102.
Bascomb, Lia T. “Productively Destabilized: Black Studies and Fantastic Modes of Being.” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society 16 , nos. 3-4 (2014): 148-65.
Bascomb, Lia T. “Rude Girl, Big Woman: Power and Play in Representations of Caribbean Women.” Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International 3, no. 2 (October 2014): 191-213.

Book Chapters:
Bascomb, Lia T. “Branded Beautiful: Brand Rihanna Meets Brand Barbados.” In Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital, edited by Adrienne D. Davis and the Black Sexual Economies Collective, 151-65. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, New Black Studies Series, 2019.

Short film:
Hayes, Robin (Director and Producer), Leigh Raiford (Producer), Lia T. Bascomb (Associate Producer). Inside Exile: Kathleen Neal Cleaver and her Black Panther Family. Progressive Pupil, 2018.