Aisha Damali Lockridge is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Director of Africana Studies at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree in English from City College (CUNY) and her PhD in English from Stony Brook University (SUNY). Her research focuses on African American and African Diaspora literatures and cultures, Diva studies, and popular culture. Her monograph, Tipping on a Tightrope: Divas in African American Literature, traces the trajectory of the Diva figure in African American literature. She is currently working on a book length project about the transformation of the Magical Negress figure in Black literature and popular culture.
She offers courses on African American literature, Black British Literature, and Caribbean Literature in English and Black Studies. Her teaching style encourages students to make their own intellectual discoveries, think critically about Black texts and to question notions of privilege and power.