Antron Mahoney

Assistant Professor of Africana, Gender, and Identity Studies

Education

  • B.S., Bethune-Cookman College
  • M.Ed., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Ph.D., University of Louisville

About

Antron’s research centers on unpacking the interrelated understandings of and associations between freedom and embodiment. More specifically, he investigates the intersections of social movements/leadership and theories of race, gender, and sexuality to broadly respond to two questions. First, how do people of African descent come to conceptualize and materialize gendered bodies through political and social emancipatory struggles? Second, what are the interrelated effects of those bodily conceptions and materializations on liberatory practice?

Antron is particularly interested in how Black identity, subjectivity, and gender ideology are formed in relation to twentieth and twenty-first century Black social movements in the US, contemporary feminist/queer politics in the US, and de-colonial/postcolonial social movements in the African diaspora. Within these political and socio-historical contexts, his primary focal points include Black feminist and queer praxis, US higher education, and media studies. Antron’s current research explores the historical and contemporary experiences of Black queer college students, particularly in Black Greek-Lettered Organizations, to call into question institutionalized constructs of Black gender performance, identity, and politics.

Prior to becoming university faculty, Antron worked in higher education student affairs for over eight years in various capacities at different institutions. His latest role was Assistant Director of the Center for Leadership and Social Change at Florida State University, where he was a member of the department’s senior management team, implementing programs and policies relating to leadership, DEI [diversity, equity, and inclusion], and community service.

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Leadership and Black Social Movements
  • Critical Theories of Race, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Race and Gender in College Campus Life
  • LGBTQ Politics