Aisha Damali Lockridge is currently an Assistant Professor of English 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. She recently completed a book on the Diva figure in African American literature and culture and is working on two new projects: a collection on televised urban fictions arising out of the 2012 NEH Institute on Contemporary African American Literature and a solo project on the transformation of the Magical Negress figure in Black literature and popular culture.
She offers courses on African American literature, Black British Literature and Anglophone Caribbean Literature. Her teaching style encourages students to make their own intellectual discoveries, think critically about Black texts and to question notions of privilege and power.