Kay Coghill stands in front of a bookshelf, smiling at the camera

Kay Coghill, Ph.D.

Pronouns: they/them

Adjunct Professor

Abortion Doula

Curriculum vitae

Working to become the Beyoncé of Academia 


  • Ph.D., Media, Art, and Text, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2024
  • M.A., Organizational Communications, Bowie State University, 2017
  • B.A., English Creative Writing (Poetry), Old Dominion University, 2013 

Research Interests

Kay Coghill (they/them) researches the following: Online Gender-Based Violence, Digital Misogynoir, Black Popular Culture, Digital Black Girlhood Studies, and Hip Hop Feminism.

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Articles (Public Scholarship)

Articles (Peer-Reviewed)


  • American Society of Criminology
  • Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project
  • Movement For Black Lives
  • National Women's Studies Association
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated 


  • GSWS/ENGL 391: Hip Hop Feminism and Poetry
  • GSWS/SOCY/AFAM 391: Misogynoir in Digital Spaces
  • GSWS/ENGL 236: Women in Literature
  • ENGL 215: Reading Literature (Digital Storytelling)


  • Spring 2024: 2024 PAN African Network 30 under 40
  • Spring 2024: Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME) 2024 Tristen Sloane Student Award
  • Fall 2023: American Society of Criminology Division of Victimology Practitioner/Activist of the Year Award
  • Spring 2022: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated Golden Apple Educator Award
  • Spring 2022: Virginia Commonwealth University Black History in the Making