Ralina L. Joseph, associate professor in UW’s Department of Communication and adjunct associate professor in the Departments of American Ethnic Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego and B. A. in American Civilization from Brown University.
Dr. Joseph is the founding director of the University of Washington's Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity.She is interested in the mediated communication of difference, or, more specifically, contemporary representations of race, gender, and sexuality in the media. Her first book, Transcending Blackness: From the New Millennium Mulatta to the Exceptional Multiracial (Duke University Press, 2012), critiques anti-Black racism in mixed-race African American representations in the decade leading up to Obama’s 2008 election. Listen to the interview about her new book on Seattle’s NPR affiliate, KUOW. She is currently working on her second book project, Speaking Back to Screens: How Black Women on Television Resist PostIdentity Culture, a television studies examination of African American women’s resistance to “postidentity,” the ostensibly “after” moment of racism and sexism, and race- and gender-based identities.
She has published work in Critical Studies in Media Communication; Communication Studies; The Black Scholar; and Communication, Culture, and Critique, and has chapters in Race/Gender/Media: Considering Diversity Across Audiences, Content, and Producers; Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; and Claiming a Seat at the Table: Feminism, Underserved Women of Color, Voice, and Resistance. Dr. Joseph is on editorial boards of Communication, Culture, and Critique,Cinema Journal, and Critical Studies in Media Communication, and she chairs the Ethnic Studies Committee of the American Studies Association. She is a recipient of awards and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Woodrow Wilson/Mellon, the University of California, the American Association of University Women, and the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington.