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Oneka LaBennett

Associate Professor

Triphammer Rd, 310, Africana Ctr, Room 211
olabennett@cornell.edu

Overview

Oneka LaBennett is Associate Professor of Africana Studies. She is also a member of the Field in the Department of Anthropology, a core member of the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and is affiliated with Cornell's Latino Studies and American Studies Programs. She received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University in 2002, and her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Wesleyan University in 1994. Her research and teaching interests include popular youth culture and Black girlhood; race, gender and consumption; urban anthropology; transnationalism and diaspora; and Caribbean migration. LaBennett is the author of She's Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn (New York University Press, 2011), and editor of Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century (University of California Press, 2012; co-edited with Daniel Martinez HoSang and Laura Pulido). She has contributed to a number of journals and edited volumes, including an essay entitled "Racialization," in Keywords for American Cultural Studies (second edition, 2014, NYU Press). She has also conducted oral history research on art and culture in the Bronx with a focus on Bronx women's contributions to hip hop music. Before coming to Cornell, LaBennett was Director of American Studies and Research Director of the Bronx African American History Project at Fordham University. She was born in Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

Languages Spoken
English and Spanish

Departments/Programs

  • Africana Studies and Research Center
  • Anthropology
  • Latina/o Studies Program

Graduate Fields

  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Research

Popular youth culture and Black girlhood; race, gender and consumption; global Black feminisms; urban anthropology; transnationalism and diaspora; and Caribbean migration.

Courses

Publications

She's Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn (New York University Press, 2011)

Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century (University of California Press, 2012)

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