Mako Ward

Wilson Hall 156
Tempe
Faculty Head, Clinical Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
6403
Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
6403
Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
6403
Clinical Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
6403

Biography

Mako Fitts Ward, Ph.D. is an educator, writer, facilitator and social justice advocate with over 15 years of experience teaching core principles of justice and social change to college students and advocating for racial and gender equity in communities around the country. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her teaching and research focus on intersectional, feminist analyses of popular culture, specifically urban youth cultures and their impact on contemporary social movements. Ward is the co-founder of Women Who Rock, a digital archive project at the University of Washington and collective of musicians, media-makers, performers, artists, scholars and activists committed to documenting the role of women in popular music and the formation of cultural scenes and social justice movements. She has published in Huffington PostThe Conversation and Ms. and has published popular and scholarly essays on body ethics and aesthetics among women of color, media and gender images in popular culture, gentrification and cultural displacement and women’s political organizing. She teaches courses on intersectionality, gender and hip-hop, ethnic studies, the African diaspora, justice and women’s social movements.

Education

  • Ph.D. Justice Studies, Arizona State University
  • M.S. Justice Studies, Arizona State University
  • B.A. Political Science and Gender Studies, University of Southern California

Google Scholar

Research Interests

popular culture, community action research, hip hop culture and activism, Black feminist theory and activism

Publications

Selected Academic Publications (full texts available here

Ward, M. F. (2017). Queen Bey and the new Niggerati: Ethics of individualism in the appropriation of black radicalism. Black Camera, 9(1): 146-163.

Ward, M. F. (2017). Race, Gender and Sexuality in Hip Hop. Toronto: Top Hat.

Fitts, M. (2011). Theorizing transformative revolutionary action: The contribution of bell hooks to emancipatory knowledge production. The C.L.R. James Journal: A Review of Caribbean Ideas, 17(1): 112-132.

Fitts, M. (2008). ‘Drop it like it’s hot’: Culture industry laborers and their perspectives on rap music video production. Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, 8(1): 211-235.

Fitts, M. (2009). Institutionalizing intersectionality: Reflections on the structure of women’s studies departments and programs. In Michele T. Berger and Kathleen Guidroz (Eds.) The Intersectional Approach: Transforming the Academy through Race, Class and Gender, 249-257. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Rubin, L. R., Fitts, M. L., & Becker, A. E. (2003). ‘Whatever feels good in my soul’: Body ethics and aesthetics among African American and Latina women. Culture, medicine, and psychiatry, 27: 49-75.

Editorials & Non-Academic Publications

“Could black philanthropy help solve the black student debt crisis?,” The Conversation, July 12, 2019

“The Problem with Beyhive Bottom Bitch Feminism,” Huffington Post Canada, Dec. 17, 2013 (co-authored with Christa Bell) 

"The Good News: Madea’s Not a Colored Girl,” Ms., November 6, 2010

“Can Tyler Perry Pull Off a Black Feminist Masterpiece?,” Ms., October 14, 2010

“Where Do We Go From bell,” Ms., September 10, 2010

“Police Violence is a Feminist Issue,” May 27, 2010

"Better education, open schools are the right way to fight crime.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Friday, February 5, 2009, Editorials, p. A11. 

Beyond Beats and Rhymes tackles male roles and sexism in hip hop.” Freedom Socialist, April-May 2007, Volume 28, No.2, p. 10.

Courses

Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
WST 335 Gender, Race, & Sex in Sci Fi
AFR 375 Race, Gender and Sport
WST 460 Women and the Body
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
AFR 200 Intro to Africana Studies
AFR 375 Race, Gender and Sport
WST 394 Special Topics
AFR 394 Special Topics
JUS 394 Special Topics
WST 493 Honors Thesis
JUS 493 Honors Thesis
WST 498 Pro-Seminar
WST 499 Individualized Instruction
WST 603 Engendering Methodology
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
WST 335 Gender, Race, & Sex in Sci Fi
AFR 375 Race, Gender and Sport
JUS 477 Youth and Justice
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
AFR 375 Race, Gender and Sport
WST 375 Women & Social Change
WST 394 Special Topics
AFR 394 Special Topics
JUS 394 Special Topics
WST 492 Honors Directed Study
WST 493 Honors Thesis
WST 498 Pro-Seminar
WST 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
AFR 200 Intro to Africana Studies
AFR 375 Race, Gender and Sport
JUS 394 Special Topics
WST 394 Special Topics
AFR 394 Special Topics
WST 492 Honors Directed Study
WST 493 Honors Thesis
WST 499 Individualized Instruction
WST 602 Mapping Intersections Gender
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
AFR 375 Race, Gender and Sport
WST 460 Women and the Body
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
AFR 200 Intro to Africana Studies
AFR 375 Race, Gender and Sport
JUS 394 Special Topics
WST 394 Special Topics
AFR 394 Special Topics
WST 492 Honors Directed Study
WST 493 Honors Thesis
WST 498 Pro-Seminar
WST 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
AFR 200 Intro to Africana Studies
AFR 375 Race, Gender and Sport
JUS 394 Special Topics
WST 394 Special Topics
AFR 394 Special Topics
WST 492 Honors Directed Study
WST 493 Honors Thesis
WST 499 Individualized Instruction
WST 501 Foundational Feminist Thought
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
JUS 329 Domestic Violence
AFR 375 Race, Gender and Sport
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
AFR 200 Intro to Africana Studies
AFR 375 Race, Gender and Sport
JUS 394 Special Topics
WST 394 Special Topics
AFR 394 Special Topics
WST 492 Honors Directed Study
WST 493 Honors Thesis
WST 498 Pro-Seminar
WST 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
JUS 105 Intro to Justice Studies
AFR 200 Intro to Africana Studies
AFR 375 Race, Gender and Sport
WST 394 Special Topics
JUS 394 Special Topics
AFR 394 Special Topics
WST 492 Honors Directed Study
WST 493 Honors Thesis
WST 499 Individualized Instruction
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
AFR 375 Race, Gender and Sport
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
JUS 105 Intro to Justice Studies
AFR 200 Intro to Africana Studies
AFR 375 Race, Gender and Sport
WST 394 Special Topics
AFR 394 Special Topics
JUS 394 Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
JUS 105 Intro to Justice Studies
AFR 200 Intro to Africana Studies
WST 394 Special Topics
JUS 394 Special Topics
AFR 394 Special Topics
WST 492 Honors Directed Study
WST 493 Honors Thesis
WST 499 Individualized Instruction