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Tanksley, Tiera

Research Associate


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research overview

  • My research examines the intersectional impacts of race, gender, class and age on the experiences of Black girls in media, technology and education. Grounded in Black feminist technology studies and critical race theory, my robust research agenda sheds light on the ways Black girls intersect with and are intersected by media and technology systems as they attempt to navigate K-16 educational institutions. Designed in response to #BlackLives Matter and the growing presence of racialized violence online, my dissertation research examines the socio-academic consequences of witnessing viral Black death for the internet’s most vocal and visible users: Black women and girls. My newest strand of research examines the ways Girls of Color leverage computer science technologies, including virtual reality software, e-textiles and robotics, to engage in political resistance within and beyond the school setting.


  • Black education, Girls of Color, Critical race theory, resistance, critical science and technology studies, information studies, STEM + CS education, co design, social justice research


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courses taught

  • EDUC 3013 - School and Society
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2023
    Introduces students - both future teachers and those simply interested in education - to pressing issues surrounding education within the United States. The course reveals the complex relationship between schools and the larger society of which they are a part. Examines issues of diversity and equity from different disciplinary lenses, including history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology.
  • EDUC 6804 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.


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