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Racquel Gates

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Election Bio:

I am an Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. I received my PhD from Northwestern University's department of Screen Cultures. I also have an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Prior to my appointment at the College of Staten Island, I was an adjunct at the New School as well as Prairie State College.

My research focuses on blackness and popular culture, with special attention to discourses of taste and quality. I am the author of  Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture (Duke, 2018), which argues that some of the most disreputable representations of black people in popular media can strategically pose questions about blackness, black culture, and American society in ways that more respectable ones cannot. Some of my work appears in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies  (formerly  Cinema Journal ), Film Quarterly (where I also serve on the editorial board), Television & New Media, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as other journals and collections.

I have been an active member of SCMS since 2006. Currently, I am a member of the Black Caucus and also served as caucus co-chair from 2013-2015. I am also a member of the Comedy Studies SIG. Finally, I served as an official blogger for the 2013 annual meeting.


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