Naimah Z Petigny
Naimah Petigny is a Black Feminist scholar and dancer. As the granddaughter of Haitian and Jamaican immigrants, Naimah grew up in Western Massachusetts as a youth organizer, racial justice facilitator, and student of Afro-Caribbean dance. Naimah received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Women's Studies and Sociology from Vassar College in 2014. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Feminist Studies in the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. Naimah’s interdisciplinary research exists at the intersections of Black Feminist Theory and Performance Studies and is dedicated to the study of Black life and liberation. Her research has been generously supported by the College of Liberal Arts; Steven J. Schochet Endowment for Queer, Trans and Sexuality Studies; the Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Center; and The Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota. As a fellow in Hennepin County Government’s Center of Innovation and Excellence, Naimah pulls on her backgrounds in Ethnic Studies and project management to conduct mix-methods research on racial disparities in Minnesota. Currently, she is supporting the creation of an Urban Indigenous Elder’s Advisor Council, in partnership with the Minneapolis Foundation. Naimah’s pedagogy is grounded in interdependence and experimentation and she teaches courses on U.S social movements, Black cultural production, and Feminist Theory.