College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Assistant Professor in Fashion
Dr. Sha'Mira Covington is a scholar-artist with interests in Africana studies within the fashion-industrial complex. Her research agenda makes the case for increased dialogue between the visual, sensory, and material-based methods of Black liberation.
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|Ph.D.||Polymer, Fiber, and Textile Sciences- International Merchandising emphasis, African American Studies||The University of Georgia||2023|
|M.S.||Communications- Public Relations||Syracuse University||2018|
|B.S.||Fashion Merchandising, Art History||The University of Georgia||2011|
My 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.
|Award Name||Awarded By||Year Awarded|
|Campus Sustainability Grant||UGA Office of Sustainability||2021|
|SEC Emerging Scholar||Southeastern Conference||2021|
|Graduate Research Award||Willson Center for Humanities and Art||2021|
|Graduate Education Advancement Board Fellowship||UGA Graduate School||2020|
|Myron G. Burney Service Award||The Black Faculty & Staff Organization||2019|
|New Approaches Grant for Diversity and Inclusion||UGA Office of Institutional Diversity||2019|
|International Textile and Apparel Association||Member||Current|
|Association of Black Women Historians||Member||Current|
|Costume Society of America, Southeastern Region||Member||Current|
|Black Women Studies Association||Member||Current|
|National Black Council of Black Studies||Member||Current|
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:
- Black material culture and museums
- Racial representation within the fashion-industrial complex
- Ecofeminism/ecowomanism and fashion sustainability
- 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
- Critical analysis of corporate social responsibility
I am open to working with students and colleagues on interdisciplinary and adjacent projects to these areas.
Weigle, B., & Covington, S. (2022) The Role of Clothing and Textiles in Defining ‘Family’, a Study of the Narratives from the Former Slave Project. Fashion Studies. https://www.fashionstudies.ca/the-role-of-clothing-and-textiles-in-defining-family
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. 2019. “Dressing for Freedom and Justice”. Clothing Cultures, 6(2), 215-235.
Covington, S., Medvedev, K. “Woke” Brands?: An Analysis of Racial Consciousness and the Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Fashion-Industrial Complex. [CTRJ].
Covington, S. “Decentering and Decolonizing Fashion”. [Edited textbook chapter for Meanings of Dress].