Brittnay Louise Proctor

Brittnay Proctor-Habil

Visiting Assistant Professor - Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Office: Kauke 111
Phone: 330-287-1913


  • B.A., University of California, Riverside 2011
  • M.A., Northwestern University 2014
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University 2018

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • Visiting Scholar Research Grant, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Visiting Scholar Program at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Library and Archives,March 2018
  • American Studies Association, 2017-Present
  • National Women's Studies Association, 2015-Present
  • Cultural Studies Association, 2013-Present


  • Proctor, Brittnay. “Sun-Ra,” Encyclopedia of African American Culture: From Dashikis to Yoruba, ed. Barbara Krauthamer. Westport: Greenwood Press. (Forthcoming, January 2019).
  • Proctor, Brittnay. Review of Funk the Erotic: Transaestheticsand Black SexualCultures. L.H. Stallings. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2015. 296 pp. $26.00 Paper and The Sound of Culture: Diaspora andBlack Technopoetics. Louis Chude-Sokei. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2016. 280 pp. $27.95 Paper. American Literature (Duke University Press; Forthcoming, December 2018)
  • Proctor, Brittnay. “‘Shout It Out:’ Patrice Rushen as Polyphonist and the Sounding of Black Women’s Affectability and Genius.” The Journal of Popular Music Studies, 29, no. 4 (2017).
  • Proctor, Brittnay. Review of The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style. Nelson George. New York: William Morrow, 2014. 236 pp. $22.40 Cloth. Journal of Popular Culture 49, no. 4 (2016): 945-48.

Research Interests

  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Black Studies
  • Black Feminist Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • Popular Music
  • Visual Cultures
  • Literary Studies
  • Performance


Brittnay Louise Proctor is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the program of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the College of Wooster. She received her PhD in African American Studies at Northwestern University (2018). Proctor’s research interests include, black popular music, gender and sexuality studies; black feminist theory, visual cultures, and performance. Her work has been featured in The Journal of Popular Music Studies, Journal of Popular Culture, and is forthcoming in American Literature (Duke University Press).