Toyo Aboderin

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Toyo Aboderin headshot


Location Bettws Y Coed 112



  • Ph.D. Africology & African American Studies, Temple University
  • M.A. Africology & African American Studies, Temple University
  • B.A. Communications Studies, Stockton University

Areas of Focus

Transnational Afrocentric Education, Black Representations in Film and Television, Afro-Diasporic Media, Childrens Media, Black Pop Culture, Visual Culture, Gender, Africana Womanism, Black Womanhood, Feminism, Black Feminisms, Black Family Structure, African Women in African Civilizations, Anti-Racist Education, Race in American History


Dr. Olutoyosi Aboderin is a first-generation Nigerian from South Jersey. In May 2023, she defended her dissertation, “How to Get Away with Feminist Propaganda: An Afrocentric Analysis of Gender Ideology and Relationships in Black Female-lead Television Dramas.” She graduated with her Doctorate of Philosophy in Africology and African American Studies from Temple University with research interests spanning Afro-Diasporic representations in film and television, Racial Stereotypes in Media, Africana Womanism, Black Womanhood, and African Gender Construction. In 2022, Dr. Aboderin joined the Bryn Mawr College community as the first Andrew W. Mellon fellow in Africana Studies, where she offers courses such as “Race, Gender, and Media” and “Introduction to Africana Studies.” Dr. Aboderin also serves as the Dual Credit Program and Consortium Director at Stockton University, where she lectures on the collegiate level and oversees the curriculum development of local high school dual credit courses in Africana Studies. She is the recipient of Stockton University’s “Ten Within Ten” award, the Adelaide Sanford International Afrocentric Education award, and the Stephen P. Couvillion Research and Scholarship award.