Majida Ahmid Kargbo

Majida Kargbo earned her PhD in American Studies from Brown University. She is currently the director of Graduate Studies and a postdoctoral fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. A graduate of Williams College, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, she came to Brown’s doctoral program in American Studies because interdisciplinary scholarship had helped her envision worlds where beauty is found in unexpected places, vulnerability can also be a form of strength and critique could be a practice of love. One outgrowth of this generative graduate experience was a project entitled Excessive Vision(s): Visuality, Intimacy and the Multi-mediated Body, an exploration of the radical possibilities of living in a body marked as “too much.” She has worn many hats both in and out of the classroom over the years, but all have been tied to her belief that building communities where people can thrive as their whole selves means that we must be committed to each other. We need each other.

Academic areas of interest

Visual culture and new media
Fat studies and embodiment
Afrofuturism and speculative fiction
Feminisms of color
Black queer aesthetics