Aimee Cox
Shapeshifters: Black Girls & the Choreography of Citizenship

Thursday, March 10, 2016
John Cotton Dana Library, 4th Floor

Aimee Cox’s first book, “Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship,” explores how young Black women in a Detroit homeless shelter contest stereotypes, critique their status as partial citizens, and negotiate poverty, racism, and gender violence to create and imagine lives for themselves. Based on eight years of fieldwork, Dr. Cox gives a voice to young Black women who find creative and non-normative solutions to the problems that come with being young, Black, and female in America.
Dr. Cox is a cultural anthropologist and tenured professor of African and African American Studies at Fordham University. She is on the editorial board of “The Feminist Wire” and on the founding editorial board of “Public: A Journal of Imagining America.”. She is also an executive board member of the Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) and former co-editor of “Transforming Anthropology,” the peer-reviewed journal of the ABA. In addition, she trained on scholarship with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and toured extensively as a professional dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble/Ailey II.