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Mako Ward

Clinical Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Biography

Mako Fitts Ward's research focuses on intersectional, feminist analyses of hip-hop cultural production and community organizing. She is the co-founder of "Women Who Rock," a digital archive project at the University of Washington and collective of musicians, media-makers, performers, artists, scholars and activists committed to documenting the role of women in popular music and the formation of cultural scenes and social justice movements. Ward has been a contributing blogger for Ms. and Huffington Post and has published popular and scholarly essays on body ethics and aesthetics among women of color, media and gender images, women in hip-hop, gentrification and cultural displacement, and Black women’s social movement organizing in the early 20th century. She teaches courses on intersectionality, gender and hip-hop, ethnic studies, the African diaspora, justice and women’s social movements.

Education
  • Ph.D. Justice Studies, Arizona State University
  • M.S. Justice Studies, Arizona State University
  • B.A. Political Science and Gender Studies, University of Southern California
Research Interests

popular culture, community action research, hip hop culture and activism, Black feminist theory and activism

Publications

(Full texts available here

Ward, Mako Fitts (2017). Queen Bey and the new Niggerati: Ethics of individualism in the appropriation of black radicalism. Black Camera, 9(1): 146-163.

Ward, M. F. (2017). Race, Gender and Sexuality in Hip Hop. Toronto: Top Hat.

Fitts, Mako (2011). Theorizing transformative revolutionary action: The contribution of bell hooks to emancipatory knowledge production. The C.L.R. James Journal: A Review of Caribbean Ideas, 17(1): 112-132.

Fitts, Mako (2008). ‘Drop it like it’s hot’: Culture industry laborers and their perspectives on rap music video production. Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, 8(1): 211-235.

Fitts, Mako (2009). Institutionalizing intersectionality: Reflections on the structure of women’s studies departments and programs. In Michele T. Berger and Kathleen Guidroz (Eds.) The Intersectional Approach: Transforming the Academy through Race, Class and Gender, 249-257. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Rubin, Lisa R., Fitts, Mako L., & Becker, Anne E. (2003). ‘Whatever feels good in my soul’: Body ethics and aesthetics among African American and Latina women. Culture, medicine, and psychiatry, 27: 49-75.

Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 335Gender, Race, & Sex in Sci Fi
AFR 375Race, Gender and Sport
JUS 477Youth and Justice
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
AFR 375Race, Gender and Sport
WST 375Women & Social Change
WST 394Special Topics
AFR 394Special Topics
JUS 394Special Topics
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 498Pro-Seminar
WST 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AFR 375Race, Gender and Sport
WST 460Women and the Body
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AFR 200Intro to Africana Studies
AFR 375Race, Gender and Sport
JUS 394Special Topics
WST 394Special Topics
AFR 394Special Topics
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 498Pro-Seminar
WST 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 329Domestic Violence
AFR 375Race, Gender and Sport
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AFR 200Intro to Africana Studies
AFR 375Race, Gender and Sport
JUS 394Special Topics
WST 394Special Topics
AFR 394Special Topics
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 498Pro-Seminar
WST 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AFR 375Race, Gender and Sport
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 105Intro to Justice Studies
AFR 200Intro to Africana Studies
AFR 375Race, Gender and Sport
WST 394Special Topics
AFR 394Special Topics
JUS 394Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 105Intro to Justice Studies
AFR 200Intro to Africana Studies
WST 394Special Topics
JUS 394Special Topics
AFR 394Special Topics
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 105Intro to Justice Studies
AFR 200Intro to Africana Studies
WST 394Special Topics
JUS 394Special Topics
AFR 394Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 105Intro to Justice Studies
AFR 394Special Topics
WST 394Special Topics
JUS 394Special Topics
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 499Individualized Instruction