KRISTIN DENISE ROWE (“Kris”) is a writer, academic, and educator whose work interrogates beauty and embodiment on the axes of race and gender. She is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). At CSUF, Kris teaches courses on American popular culture; women, race, and ethnicity; and “the body” in American culture.
Kris earned her doctorate in African American and African Studies, with a specialization in Women’s and Gender Studies at Michigan State University in May 2019. Through a Black feminist framework, her dissertation research examined contemporary narratives within popular culture of Black women’s experiences with natural hair, arguing these representations are sites where concepts of beauty are negotiated.
Kris earned her Bachelor’s Degree double majoring in English and Black American Studies at the University of Delaware, and she earned her Master’s Degree in African American and African Studies at Michigan State University in 2015. She has presented her research at forums including: National Council of Black Studies (NCBS), Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Pop Culture Association / American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), and the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute in Pretoria, South Africa. To learn more about her scholarship, visit the “Research” page.
At Michigan State University, she served as as co-coordinator on a film series on MSU’s campus called The Matter Is Life: Black Women and Violence, which received the LGBT Resource Center’s 2016 “Intersections” Award. For several years, she has served as graduate advisor for Curlfriends, an undergraduate student organization that deals with women of color and their natural hair.
She is from Newark, Delaware. Yes, it’s a state.