School of Communication

C. Riley Snorton

Department of Communication Studies

Assistant Professor
Annie May Swift Hall
1920 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

C. Riley Snorton’s research and teaching interests include rhetorical and cultural theory, queer diaspora, media anthropology, Africana studies, performance studies, and popular culture. He is the director of the short documentary Men at Work: Transitioning on the Job, and has published articles in the International Journal of Communication, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society. He has also contributed to numerous edited volumes, including The Comedy of Dave Chappelle: Critical Essays, Homophiles, and Trans(gender) Migrations. Snorton’s book Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low is currently under contract with the University of Minnesota Press. He has received several fellowships, including an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral fellowship at Pomona College and the Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation fellowship at Harvard University.


PhD Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
MA Communication, University of Pennsylvania
BA Women and Gender Studies, African Studies, Columbia University

Awards and Honors

Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pomona College, Claremont, California, 2011-2013

W.E.B. DuBois Non-Residential Fellowship, Harvard University, 2011

Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellowship, Harvard University, 2009

James D. Woods Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania, 2008