College of Family and Consumer Sciences
PhD Candidate & Graduate Teaching Assistant
313 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|B.S.||Fashion Merchandising, Art History||The University of Georgia||2011|
|M.S.||Communications- Public Relations||Syracuse University||2018|
|Ph.D.||Polymer, Fiber, and Textile Sciences- International Merchandising emphasis, African American Studies||The University of Georgia||2023|
Sha'Mira's research explores fashion and dress as cultural, historical, social, and political processes involved in and affected by histories of colonial domination, anti-colonial resistance, and processes of decolonization. Her primary interests are in Africana studies within the fashion-industrial complex, African diaspora fashion history, and womanist pedagogy.
Master's thesis: "Fashnexus?: Blockchain, Sustainability, and Corporate Social Responsibility"
The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Instructor of record
Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences (Spring 2020)
The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, present, Teaching Assistant
|Award Name||Awarded By||Year Awarded|
|Jan Hathcote Social Science Award||UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences||2019|
|FACS Funds for Excellence||UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences||2019|
|Myron G. Burney Service Award||The Black Faculty & Staff Organization||2019|
|New Approaches Grant for Diversity and Inclusion||UGA Office of Institutional Diversity||2019|
|Endsley Peifer Research Award||UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences||2020|
|Graduate Education Advancement Board Fellowship||UGA Graduate School||2020|
|Graduate Research Award||Willson Center for Humanities and Art||2021|
|SEC Emerging Scholar||Southeastern Conference||2021|
|Campus Sustainability Grant||UGA Office of Sustainability||2021|
|University of Georgia Graduate School xPD Advisory Board||Current|
|Public Relations Society of America||Member||Current|
|International Textile and Apparel Association||Member||Current|
|Association of Black Women Historians||Member||Current|
|Costume Society of America, Southeastern Region||Member||Current|
|Graduate Student Association||TMI Representative||Current|
|Black Women Studies Association||Member||Current|
|National Black Council of Black Studies||Member||Current|
Healing and Wellness Program Coordinator for Chess and Community, Athens GA, 2019
Community Partner, African American Oral History Initiative with the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, Athens GA, 2019
Major profoessor: Dr. Katalin Medvedev
Committee member: Dr. Patricia Hunt-Hurst
Committee member: Dr. Carolyn Medine
Committee member: Dr. Lesley Feracho
Committee member: Dr. Kathryn Roulston
Hobbies and Passions
Embodiment artist: Yoga and pole dance
I am currently interested in the myriad of ways that Black women have used embodied modes as liberatory praxis.
My other research interests include:
- Racial representation within the fashion-industrial complex
- Decolonization within the yoga-industrial complex
- Blackness and media
- Afro-Indigenous studies
- Dance performance, politics, and identity
- Black political/protest dress and efficacy
- Fashion and aesthetics as political tools
- Social justice pedagogy in fashion studies
- Contemplative pedagogy
- Race and decolonization pedagogy
- Crititcal analysis of corporate social responsibility
Covington, S., Medvedev, K. 2019. “Dressing for Freedom and Justice”. Clothing Cultures, 6(2), 215-235.
Reed, J., Covington, S., & Medvedev, K. 2022. "Creating Room for Social Justice Pedagogy in Fashion Education". Clothing and Textiles Research Journal.
Covington, S., Medine, C. 2022. “Africana Yogi Personae: Black Yoga Practitioners’ Aesthetic Negotiations in Dress”. The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture, and Politics.
Covington, S. 2022. “The Narrative Bodies of James Baldwin: A Discussion of Sartorial and Literary Style". Religions.
Covington, S., Medvedev, K. “Woke” Brands?: An Analysis of Racial Consciousness and the Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Fashion-Industrial Complex. [CTRJ].
Weigle, B., & Covington, S. “The Role of Clothing and Textiles in Defining ‘Family’, a Study of the Narratives from the Former Slave Project”. [Fashion Studies]
Covington, S. “Decentering and Decolonizing Fashion”. [Edited textbook chapter for Meanings of Dress].