Ayanna Spencer

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Dr. Ayanna De’Vante Spencer is a Black feminist epistemologist and survivor-scholar who earned her doctorate in philosophy at Michigan State University. She is also a proud graduate of Spelman College. Dr. Spencer examines how Black girl survivors of sexual violence in the US are structurally denied power to meaningfully act as experts of their own experiences of violence. She works on epistemic oppression, sexual violence, and criminalization to aid in efforts to dismantle the sexual abuse to prison pipeline. Additionally, Dr. Spencer is a consultant for the international ‘metoo’ movement, a recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Contact Information
Emailayanna.spencer@uconn.edu