Dr. M. Shadee Malaklou is the Founder and Inaugural Director of the bell hooks center and Chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Berea College. Drawing on the teachings of black feminist thinkers like Berea’s own bell hooks, Malaklou’s writings, praxis, and pedagogy interrogate Enlightenment Europe’s social and political constructions of time, which locate white men characterized by masculinity and mastery at the apex of human civilization. In addition to writing for academic journals, Malaklou regularly publishes think pieces, most recently, in The Conversationalist, The Feminist Wire, and CounterPunch; and periodically contributes to Always Already: A Critical Theory Podcast as a correspondent. Prior to joining Berea College, Malaklou served as Assistant Professor (2016-2019) and Acting Chair (2018-2019) of Critical Identity Studies at Beloit College, where she was also a Mellon Faculty Fellow for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (2016-2018) and a faculty curator of Beloit’s Wright Museum of Art (2017-2018). In addition to her role at Berea College, Malaklou currently serves as visiting faculty in the Centre for Expanded Poetics at Concordia University in Montreal. She received her PhD in Culture and Theory and graduate certificates in Critical Theory and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Irvine in 2016 and her BA in Cultural Anthropology and Women's Studies from Duke University in 2007.2017.