Raven Maragh-Lloyd, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Biography: Raven Maragh-Lloyd's primary area of research investigates digital media culture with an emphasis on critical race and gender studies. She explores the ways that particular racialized and gendered identities and their related discourses influence...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

BA: Bachelor of Journalism, University of Missouri, 2012

MA: Master of Arts, emphasis in Magazine Journalism, University of Missouri, December 2013

PhD: Media Studies, University of Iowa, 2018


Biography: Raven Maragh-Lloyd's primary area of research investigates digital media culture with an emphasis on critical race and gender studies. She explores the ways that particular racialized and gendered identities and their related discourses influence the processes of digital structures as well as how these identities are created, maintained, and (re)produced online. Dr. Maragh-Lloyd's dissertation, "Toward A Raced Connective Media: Black Resistance Online", investigated the ways that Black publics in the U.S. have created resistance through the use of media tools in ways that foreground contemporary resistance online. For example, as a case study, she conducted focus groups with 20 African-American women in St. Louis, Missouri in order to explore patterns of everyday resistance, such as visual embodiment through photo sharing, as well as the barriers to communication and resistance online, such as the ‘Jezebel’ controlling image of Black womanhood and issues surrounding hyper sexuality. Her scholarship and teaching makes central the work and joy of race, identity, and media. Lastly, Dr. Maragh-Lloyd's work has appeared in Television and New Media, the Journal of Communication Inquiry, and forthcoming book chapters will appear in the Handbook of Diasporas, Media, and Culture by Wiley Press and a collected series titled "Black Sisterhoods: Black Women's Representations of Sisterhood Across the Diaspora" by Demeter Press.

Maragh, R. (2017). “Authenticity on Black Twitter”: Reading Racial Performance and Social Networking. Television and New Media.

Maragh, R. S. (2016). “Our Struggles Are Unequal” Black Women’s Affective Labor Between Television and Twitter. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 40(4), 351-369.

L’Pree Corsbie-Massay, C. & Maragh, R. (forthcoming). “What are you?”: Lessons from multiracial Caribbeans for an increasingly mixed world. In R. Tsagarousianou & J. Retis(Eds.), The Handbook of Diasporas, Media, and Culture. Wiley Blackwell.

Maragh, R. & Davis, S. (forthcoming). Unapologetic Responses to Unapologetic Exclusions: Advancing Communication within Sistah Spaces as a Vehicle of Resistance for Black Women in the Postracial Era. In D. Davis, D. Davis-Maye, T. Jones & J. Andrew (Eds.), Black Sisterhoods: Black Women's Representations of Sisterhood Across the Diaspora. Demeter Press.

Areas of research interests: Digital Media and Cultures, Black feminist studies, Critical Race Theory, New Media and Activism, African American Identities, Mass Media Representation.