New scholars join the School of Communication faculty

Among the new School of Communication faculty who begin teaching this fall:

Joshua Takano Chambers-LetsonJoshua Takano Chambers-Letson comes to the Department of Performance Studies from the University of Cincinnati where he was an assistant professor in the department of English and Comparative Literature. He was an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Wesleyan University Center for the Humanities for a year after completing his Ph.D. in performance studies at New York University. His book manuscript, A Race So Different: The Making of Asian Americans in Performance and Law, studies the relationship of law and performance to the production of modern and contemporary Asian American subjectivity. Areas of teaching interest include performance studies, Asian American diasporic and ethnic American performance, contemporary dramatic literature, critical race studies, legal theory, Marxist, queer of color, and feminist theory.

Jasmine Nichole Cobb Jasmine Nichole Cobb comes to the Department of Communication Studies following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Africana Research Center and Department of Communication at Pennsylvania State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on both historical and contemporary representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality in visual cultures with published works on sexuality in popular music, Black filmmaking, and race on television. For her book manuscript, Picturing Freedom: Black Visuality in the TransAtlantic Home, 1780-1850, she explores inter-racial and intra-racial visual cultures as they were transformed by African American emancipation during the era of slavery.

Miriam Petty Miriam Petty comes to the Department of Radio/Television/Film from an assistant professorship in media studies at Rutgers University-Newark. Petty received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University’s Institute of the Liberal Arts. A 2006-2009 Fellow of Princeton University’s Society of Fellows, Petty’s recent projects include Race.Place.Space., a documentary film festival in Trenton, New Jersey, that she curated on behalf of Princeton’s Center for African American Studies. She was also a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellow at Rutgers-Newark’s Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, for which she developed and implemented Watching Carefully, a two-year city initiative geared toward the improvement of media literacy among adults and children. Her forthcoming book, Stealing the Show: African American Performers and Audiences in 1930s Hollywood (University of California Press), explores the complex relationships between black audiences and black performers in the classical Hollywood era.

Dassia N. PosnerDassia N. Posner comes to the Department of Theatre from the University of Connecticut, where she was assistant professor-in-residence in the Department of Dramatic Arts as well as dramaturg at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard in 2009. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Drama at Tufts University. Her interests include dramaturgy, history of directing, women in theatre, Russian and European avant-garde theatre, women in theatre, popular entertainment, and world puppetry history and performance. Her articles and reviews have been published in Theatre Survey, Slavic and East European Performance, Communications from the International Brecht Society, Theatre Research International, Theatre Journal, and Puppetry International. Her book manuscript, The Director's Prism: E.T.A. Hoffmann and Russian Modernist Directors, examines the creative work of four of Russia's most significant avant-garde directors in the context of the Russian Modernist fascination with German Romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffmann.

Ozge Samanci Ozge Samanci, comes to the Department of Radio/Television/Film from an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Art Practice Department of the University of California, Berkeley. Samanci, who has an extensive background in comics and media arts, is a published comics artist. Her interactive-digital media installations and other collaborative works have been exhibited in numerous venues including Siggraph, Advances in Computer Entertainment, Tangible and Embedded Interaction, Listening Machines Show at Eyedrum (a new media art gallery), and University of California Botanical Garden. Her digital video work has been screened in international film festivals and the Sonic Generator Concert series. Samanci earned her Ph.D. in Digital Media from the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She authored the book Animasyonun Onlenemez Yukselisi (The Irresistible Rise of Animation), published by Istanbul Bilgi University Publications in Istanbul. She is working on her autobiographical graphic novel, Dare to Disappoint.

C. Riley SnortonC. Riley Snorton comes to the Department of Communication Studies following an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in the media studies department at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He earned a Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University in Pennsylvania. His academic and teaching interests include transgender and queer theory, media anthropology, Africana studies, cultural studies, performance studies, and popular culture. Snorton has published numerous book chapters and his articles can be found in the International Journal of Communication, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society. He is currently completing his monograph, The Glass Closet: Black Sexuality and Panoptical Imagination (University of Minnesota Press).