Ralina Joseph

Founding director of the University of Washington’s Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity

Ralina 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, critiques anti-Black racism in mixed-race African American representations in the decade leading up to Obama’s 2008 election. Her second book, Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity,  an examination of African American women’s negotiation of the ostensible “after” moment of racism and sexism, will come out in the Fall of 2018 wi​th​ NYU Press.

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