Jayme Canty, Ph.D., is a native of North Carolina, obtaining her bachelor's degree in political science from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (NC A&T) in Greensboro, North Carolina. She returned to school to complete her master’s degree in Africana women’s studies at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. After completing her master’s degree, she continued her doctorate education at Clark Atlanta University in humanities, with concentrations in Africana women’s studies and political science.
Her research focuses on the social, economic and political experiences of black queer women in the American South and Black South. She specifically is looking at the ways southern black queer women experience heterosexism in social, economic and political spaces and the methods of resistance southern black queer women employ to resist these oppressive realities in this location. Her current work focuses on the ways various social institutions such as the Christian black church impacts the lives of southern queer women and the ways the church becomes a space of resistance and healing for them. Her future work will address the ways southern black queer women engage in activism as a means of resistance as well.
She is currently a visiting iCubed scholar in the College of Humanities and Sciences and the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.