Gabriale L Payne
Gabriale Payne was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She obtained her BA in History with a minor in Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Denver in 2007 where she discovered her passion for interdisciplinary research while writing her Honors Thesis, which explored the historical relationship between the changing meaning(s) of female genital cutting and women’s grassroots movements among the Kikuyu in colonial Kenya. After taking a brief hiatus from her academic work, inspired by her lingering passion and commitment to interdisciplinary research, she returned to graduate school at the University of Minnesota in 2011 and is now working to complete her PhD in African History. Her current research draws on postcolonial and feminist theory to critically explore the discursive (re)construction and (re)presentation of Kikuyu gender ideologies, particularly as they come up against the hegemonic power of British (Western) gender ideologies, from the colonial to the post-colonial period. Two central features of her research and analysis are an exploration of changing conceptions of ‘the body’ within Kikuyu gender discourse(s)/ideology(s) and an analysis of the ways in which such discourse(s)/ideology(s) help to shape the formation of “modern” Kikuyu ethnic identity(s).