Return to Directory

Lia T. Bascomb

Assistant Professor    

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 and Teaching 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. “Branded Beautiful: Brand Rihanna Meets Brand Barbados.” In Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital. University of Illinois Press, New Black Studies Series. Under Revision.

Bascomb, Lia T. “Freakifying History, Remixing Royalty.” African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, (2015): 1-13. doi:

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.

Bascomb, Lia T. “Rupee: Musical Messenger.” The Caribbean Writer 27, (December 2013): 254-67.