Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African-American Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Jonathan Gayles

Second Advisor

Dr. Sarita Davis

Third Advisor

Dr. Osizwe Raena Harwell


The study examines how race and gender stereotypes in popular culture shape the perception of the Black superheroine. This study also explores stereotypes and gender roles and how they impact Black female and male college students’ ages 18-38 and their imagination of the Black superheroine. As the status of popular culture grows, the generation of today’s college student still remains regular consumers. Thus it was necessary to use a convenience sample of thirty-two African American male and female college-age students from four African American Studies undergraduate courses at Georgia State University that took part in a Superheroine questionnaire, in which they designed their own Black superheroine. This research employs an interpretative textual analysis research design to collect and analyze the data in which significant themes, phrases, and sentences are extracted.