Grace D. Gipson is a Visiting Professor in African American Studies at Georgia State University and a doctoral candidate in the African American Studies program with a designated emphasis in New Media at the University of California Berkeley.
Grace’s area of research interest centers on black popular culture, digital humanities, representations of race and gender within comic books & graphic novels, Afrofuturism, and race and new media. Her current dissertation project interrogates the formation of a Black female superhero identity within comics and graphic novels through such topics as, African queer love, disability as empowering, coloring utopias/dystopias, promoting Black Girl Magic in STEM, and creating a new media legacy for Black female voices.
Grace’s work has appeared in various outlets including, Huffington Post, NPR.org, The Diaspora (publication of the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley), and the FCH Annals. Additionally, she is a contributor in the 2016 book Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness, Vol. I (Lexington Books-Rowman & Littlefield); and has a forthcoming chapter in the edited collection #identity: Hashtagging Race, Gender, Sex, and Nation (University of Michigan Press, 2018). Outside of the academy, you can find Grace participating in one fourth of the #BlackComicsChat twitter podcast crew and regular contributor for the website Black Girl Nerds. Follow her on Twitter @GBreezy20.