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Aishah Shahidah Simmons

Annenberg School for Communication
Visiting Scholar (2019-2021)

Aishah Shahidah Simmons is an award-winning Black feminist lesbian independent documentary filmmaker, activist, cultural worker, international lecturer whose work examines the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and sexual violence.


Professor Simmons is a four-year Just Beginnings Collaborative (JBC) Fellow. Funded by the NoVo Foundation, the JBC Fellowship initiates strategies to end child sexual abuse. Her JBC-funded #LoveWITHAccountability Project focuses on the power of transformative storytelling to tackle the global epidemic of child sexual abuse through the experiences, insights, and perspectives of diasporic Black child sexual abuse survivors and advocates. She is the editor of the forthcoming anthology, Love With Accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse (AK Press, Fall 2019).


She is a Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Arizona’s Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. Previously, she was a Visiting Scholar at the School for Social Policy and Practice at Penn. She also has been an Artist-in-Residence, Lecturer, Contingent, and Distinguished Visiting Faculty at Williams College, Temple University, Scripps College, the University of Chicago, and Spelman College.


An Associate Editor of the online publication, The Feminist Wire, and a member of the Editorial Board of The Feminist Wire Books at the University of Arizona Press, Ms. Simmons’ writings are published widely, and her cultural work and activism are documented extensively. She has presented her work across the North American continent, and in numerous countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

For more information on Ms. Simmons and her films (including the internationally acclaimed Ford Foundation-funded NO! The Rape Documentary) and publications click here.


To read a recent interview with Aishah, click here.