A Taste for Brown Sugar: The History of Black Women in American Pornography

Presented by Cheryl Dunye and the Sex in American Cinema seminar
April 13, 2012, 4:00–7:00 pm
Graduate Center, San Francisco Campus

Room GC7

More info: Contact Cheryl Dunye: cdunye@cca.edu

Mireille Miller-Young, PhD, is an assistant professor of feminist studies and affiliate assistant professor of Black Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research explores race, gender, and sexuality in visual culture and sex industries in the United States. Her manuscript, A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women, Sex Work and Pornography (forthcoming from Duke University Press) examines African American women’s representations, performances, and labors in pornographic media from the 19th century to present.

Earning her PhD in history from New York University, she has won numerous academic fellowships and awards, including the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grant in Women’s Studies.

Dr. Miller-Young has been interviewed for numerous articles, blogs, and books on the sex industry, feminism, and porn. She is currently at work on The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure, with Constance Penley, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, and Tristan Taormino, and a monograph, titled Digital Desires: Black Erotic Labor Online.