Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow of African American Studies
Timeka N. Tounsel is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow offering courses in African American Studies and Media Studies (College of Communications). Her fields of inquiry include Black popular culture, audience studies, womanism, and feminist media studies. Specifically, her research considers how Black women make sense of themselves in and through mass media. Consequently, Tounsel’s study of popular culture is situated at the intersection of race, gender, and religion. Her work is published in the anthology Interpreting Tyler Perry: Perspectives on Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality, and in the Media Fields Journal.
Tounsel’s book project examines Black women as content creators and as audience members who come to understand and perform the Black female self through everyday engagement with mass media. This project offers insight into meaning making and shifting producer-audience relationships in an ever-evolving digital media environment.
Tounsel’s interests and work as an educator also includes diversity and inclusion strategies, faculty development, and professional development for students. She has designed and presented numerous pedagogy workshops focused on intercultural communication and inclusive pedagogies.
Tounsel received her Ph.D. in Communication with a certificate in African American and Diaspora Studies from the University of Michigan where she was a Rackham Merit Fellow. She received her B.A. in Magazine Journalism and International Relations from Syracuse University.