Keisha Lindsay

Position title: Professor of Gender & Women's Studies, and Political Science


Phone: (608) 263-2763

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Curriculum Vitae
Keisha Lindsay is an associate professor in the departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a recipient of the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Inclusive Excellence.

Professor Lindsay’s research and teaching interests include black feminist theories, black masculinities, and gender-based politics in the African diaspora. She recently published her first book manuscript, In a Classroom of Their Own: The Intersection of Race and Feminist Politics in All-Black Male Schools (University of Illinois Press 2018). She is also the author of several article-length manuscripts.

Gender & Women’s Studies Courses:

GWS/AFROAM 423: Black Feminisms
GWS 441: Contemporary Feminist Theories
GWS 546: Feminist Theories and Masculinities
GWS 547: Theorizing Intersectionality
GWS/PS 933: Feminist Political Theory

Selected Publications:

“Talking About Black Lives Matter and #MeToo.” Forthcoming Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society. Joint with Bridget Crawford, Linda Greene, Lolita Buckner Inniss, Mehrsa Baradaran, Noa Ben-Asher, Bennett Capers, and Osamudia James.

“Black Women and the Intersectional Politics of Experience.” Politics & Gender, 2019, 15(4): 20-23. Symposium on Bell Hooks’ Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center.

“Juxtaposition, Hemispheric Thought, and the Bounds of Political Theory: Juliet Hooker’s Theorizing Race in the Americas.” Contemporary Political Theory, 2019,18: 604–639. Joint with Neil Roberts, Anne Norton, James Martel, Inés Valdez, and Juliet Hooker.

In a Classroom of Their Own: The Intersection of Race and Feminist Politics in All-Black Male Schools (University of Illinois Press 2018)

The Racial Contract: A Feminist Analysis.Politics, Groups, and Identities, 2015, 3(3): 524-540.

Beyond ‘Model Minority,’ ‘Superwoman,’ and ‘Endangered Species’: Conceptualizing Intersectional Coalitions among Black Immigrants, African American Women, and African American Men.” Journal of African American Studies, 2015, 19(1): 18-35.

God, Gays, and Progressive Politics: Reconceptualizing Intersectionality as a Normatively Malleable Analytical Framework.” Perspectives on Politics, June 2013, 11(2): 447-460


2020              Vilas Associates Award, UW-Madison
2019               Michael Harrington Book Award, Caucus for a New Political Science, American Political Science Association

Professional Service:

2020-             Member, Editorial Team, Politics, Groups, and Identities
2019-              Member, Editorial Board, Politics & Gender
2019-              Co-Chair, Political Theory Section, National Conference of Black Political Scientists’ Annual Meeting

  • Cover of In a Classroom of their Own by Keisha Lindsay

    Many advocates of all-black male schools (ABMSs) argue that these institutions counter black boys’ racist emasculation in white, “overly” female classrooms. This argument challenges racism and perpetuates antifeminism.

    Keisha Lindsay explains the complex politics of ABMSs by situating these schools within broader efforts at neoliberal education reform and within specific conversations about both “endangered” black males and a “boy crisis” in education.

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