RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

I study the intersections of contemporary media, politics, and cultural theory and practice, all through the lens of various theoretical and historical frameworks (with an emphasis on otherness as an historical formation of meanings). My current research efforts address the political culture of conservatism and liberalism's response to those dynamics within the contemporary media environment as well as class and racial representation in contemporary media and politics.

 

Primary Fields: Cultural studies, language and knowledge construction, and media theory, analysis, and practice as it relates to the study of race, class, and political culture.

 

Secondary Fields: Culture and history of the Pre-war South, Civil War & Reconstruction; Collective Memory of Black Political Leadership.

 

EDUCATION 

 

ABD. Media and Politics, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, PhD expected completion date: December 2019.

 

Dissertation Title: “From Reconstruction to the New Black Politician:  Barack Obama and a Legacy of Black Public Representation”                                      

 

M.A. in Media Studies, The New School, New York, NY, 2009.

 

M.S.  in Communication, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, 2007.

 

B.A  in Music Education, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, 1986.

           

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