Grace D. Gipson

Virginia Commonwealth University


Grace D. Gipson received her PhD in African American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the Department of African American Studies at VCU in 2020, she served as a Frederick Douglass Institute (FDI) for African and African American Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rochester and a Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University.

Dr. Gipson is Black future feminist/pop culture scholar whose research explores Black popular culture, digital humanities, representations of race and gender within comic books, Afrofuturism, and race and new media. Her current book project seeks to explore Black female identities as personified in comics and fandom culture. A second project examines how online Black female academic and popular networks produce cultural and technical capital, which act as safe spaces that showcase, interrogate, and celebrate the blending of popular culture and the academy. Outside the classroom, you can find Dr. Gipson collecting comic books, ticket stubs to the latest movie, stamps on her international travel discoveries, participating as part of the #BlackComicsChat podcast crew, and giving back to the community through a myriad of projects and organizations.