How Black women in the spotlight negotiate the post-racial gaze of Hollywood and beyond
Dr. Joseph’s second book, Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media Culture, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity, examines how African American women negotiate the minefield of “postracial racism.”
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 and acting director of the University of Washington’s Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity. She is interested in the communication of difference, or, how race, gender, sexuality and shape our world.
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. Listen to the interview about Transcending Blackness on Seattle’s NPR affiliate, KUOW.
Dr. Joseph is currently writing two new books. The first, Generation Mixed Goes to School: Fostering Mixed-Race Spaces in School Communities, (with Allison Briscoe-Smith, under contract with Teachers College Press), centers the perspectives of multiracial children in the creation of anti-racist schools. The second, Interrupting Privilege: A Fieldguide (with Naheed G. Aaftaab), provides both the theoretical framework and a a nuts-and-bolts guidebook to fighting back against everyday, interpersonal inequalities.
In addition, her work has appeared in The International Journal of Communication; Critical Studies in Media Communication; Communication Studies; The Black Scholar; and Communication, Culture, and Critique, and she 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.