Wesleyan portrait of Kaisha  Esty

Kaisha Esty

Assistant Professor of African American Studies

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Assistant Professor, History

Assistant Professor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


BA University of Nottingham
MA University of Nottingham
PHD Rutgers University

Kaisha Esty

Kaisha Esty is a historian with expertise in race, gender and sexuality in the 19th and 20th Century United States. Her research centers on Black womanhood, intimacy, sexual autonomy and consent. Her current project is tentatively titled, Weaponizing Virtue: Black Women and the Struggle for Sexual Sovereignty. This book offers an examination of the politics of ‘feminine virtue’ in the enslaved and freed African American community.

Before joining the faculty in the African American Studies Department at Wesleyan, Dr. Esty earned a Ph.D. in History at Rutgers University. Born and raised in London, UK, Dr. Esty holds a BA and Masters in American Studies from the University of Nottingham.

Academic Affiliations

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Fall 2021
CHUM 385 - 01
Race, Capital, Sexual Consent

Spring 2022
AFAM 204 - 01
Intro to Modern Afam History

AFAM 242 - 01
Black Women's Sexuality