Katrina Bell-Jordan
Interim President of the University; Professor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5700
Dr. Katrina Bell-Jordan’s teaching has emphasized media history and media literacy; studies in journalism and news writing; communication theory and mass communication theory; rhetorical theory and criticism; public address; and persuasion. She has additional teaching interests in cultural studies, gender studies, political communication, and popular culture.
Courses Taught
CMTM 465: Mass Communication Theory
CMTC 414: Seminar in Organizational Communication
CMTC 404: Communication Theory
CMTC 367: News Writing
CMTM 365: Contemporary Issues in Mass Media
CMTC 322: Rhetorical Theory & Criticism
CMTC 310: Persuasion
CMTM 265: Mass Media and Society
CMTM 165: Broadcasting and New Media
CMTM 105: Introduction to Journalism
CMTC 101: Public Speaking
CMTC 100: Introduction to Communication
Research Interests
Dr. Katrina Bell-Jordan’s research falls within the areas of cultural studies, media studies, and rhetorical studies. More specific emphasis is on race and representation in the media; intersections of gender and race; Black feminist thought and African-American women’s communicative experiences; identity and performance in media; and the rhetoric of popular culture. Specific attention has been given to humor in stand-up comedy, political cartooning and film/television parody.

Ph.D. Ohio University, School of Interpersonal Communication (Rhetorical Studies & Media Studies)

M.A. Ohio University, School of Interpersonal Communication (Rhetorical Studies)

B.S.J. Ohio University, E. W. Scripps School of Journalism (News Editorial Journalism)

Selected Publications

Bell-Jordan, K. E.  (2011). Still subscribing to stereotypes: Constructions of black masculinity in popular magazines.  In M. P. Hopson, & R. L. Jackson (Eds.), Masculinity in the Black imagination: Politics of communicating race and manhood.  New York: Peter Lang Publishing.     

Bell-Jordan, K. E.  (2010). Forward.  In J. Tischauser, Anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bias in American newspapers: How they reported the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah and Israeli-Hamas wars (pp. i-iv).  Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press.

Bell-Jordan, K. E. (October, 2008). Black.White and a Survivor of The Real World: Constructions of race on reality TV.  Critical Studies in Media Communication, 25(4), 353-372.

Bell-Jordan, K. E.  (December, 2007).  Speaking fluent “joke”:  Pushing the racial envelope through comedic performance on Chappelle’s ShowPerformance Research, 12(3),74-90.

Bell, K.E., Orbe, M.P., Drummond, D.K., & Camara, S.K. (Winter, 2000). Accepting the challenge of centralizing without essentializing: Black Feminist Thought and African American women’s communicative experiences. Women’s Studies in Communication, 23 (1), 41-62.

Bell, K. E. (1998).  The more they change, the more they remain the Same: Representations of African American womanhood on Living Single. In T. McDonald, & T. Ford-Ahmed (Eds.), Nature of a sistuh: Black women’s lived experiences in contemporary culture (pp. 197-222). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

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Northeastern Illinois University
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Chicago, IL 60625
United States

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