Senit Kidane

Senit Kidane

Senit Kidane (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Africana Studies Department. She earned her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in African and African American Studies & Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and her M.A. from Brown University in Africana Studies. She is deeply committed to a Black feminist praxis and ethic and is forever indebted to the countless Black women who have come before her and will come after her.

Pedagogy and community engagement are core commitments for Senit. Before arriving at UPenn, she was the instructor on record for a course titled “From Octavia Butler to N.K. Jemisin, Black Feminist and Queer Theories in Science-Fiction and Fantasy,” where she engaged students on how to critically interact with speculative literature.

Senit’s research interests center on gender politics, sexual citizenship, and notions of belonging as it relates to state formation in the Horn of Africa, Eritrea most specifically. She is interested in histories of empire and bodily autonomy. Her methods include oral history, archival research, and cultural analysis.