Catherine Knight Steele
Position: Assistant Professor
Dr. Steele is a native Chicagoan who received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While there she developed research expertise in the areas of multiculturalism and media, race and mass media, online communication and digital culture. Dr. Steele's research examines the representation of marginalized communities in the media and how traditionally marginalized populations resist oppression and utilize online technology to create spaces of community. Some of her recent work engages with blogs as sites which replicate features of black oral culture in order to engage in political discourse in seemingly apolitical spaces.
She utilizes critical theory and qualitative methods to engage with deep readings of texts. Dr. Steele's research explores the connections between traditional news, online writing, and entertainment media to better elucidate how ideologies are formed, maintained and changed in a given culture over time. Dr. Steele's recent work also focuses on ethical uses of social media in the classroom and the use of social media for students of color to connect with mentoring relationships in higher education. Her latest project focuses on digital black feminism and how the affordances of new media technology are shaping black feminist discourse online.
Steele, C.K. (2016) Pride and Prejudice: Pervasiveness of colorism and the animated series Proud family, Howard Journal of Communication, 27:1, 53-67.
Steele, C.K. (2016) Signifyin’ bitching and blogging: Black women and resistance discourse online, In Eds. S.U. Noble and B. Tynes (Eds.) The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Class and Culture Online, Peter Lang, 73-93.
Steele, C.K & Korn, J. (in press) Mentors and Sister Friends: The Intersection of Race, Multiplicity, and Holism with Online Social Media, In S. Brown Givens (Ed.) Critical examinations of women of color navigating mentoring relationships.
Steele, C.K. (2012) Blogging While Black: a critical analysis of resistance discourse by black female bloggers, 1. Retrieved from http://spir.aoir.org/index.php/spir/article/view/31
JTC/ETST 316 Multiculturalism and Media
JTC 490 – Strategic Multicultural Communication
JTC 602 – Social and Cultural Theories in Communication
JTC 665- Qualitative Methods in Communication