Department of Pan-African Studies
5151 State University Dr. Los Angeles
King Hall C3095
Phone (323) 343-2290
Fax (323) 343-5485
Libby Lewis, Ph.D.
Libby Lewis earned a Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research on the news media includes the U.S., United Kingdom, and South Africa. As a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar, she studied Zulu, to facilitate research on the television news media in South Africa. She was invited to the UK to speak and consult with diverse audiences on a wide range of subjects including the myth of Post-racialism, Marketing, Branding, Innovative Communications, and Cultural Representation. She has contributed to radio, television, and online media in the United Kingdom covering the U.S. Elections and the politics of representation in shaping our worldview. She accepted an invitation to speak on a panel at the United Nations on “Global Diversity and Gender in the Media” and was invited to the White House the day after President Obama’s Inauguration where she met briefly with First Lady Michelle Obama.
Her research, teaching, and writing includes issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, popular culture, and the politics of representation in traditional and new media form. Her main areas of engagement are African American Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Critical Media Studies, Film Studies, and Cultural Studies. Her recently published book is entitled, The Myth of Post-racialism in Television News (Routledge, 2015), which focuses on how journalists negotiate race, gender, and sexuality in a corporate newsroom culture and foregrounds the experiences of Black journalists. Broadly, her research takes up professionalization in relation to language and power, neoliberalism, democracy, “the nation,” cultural practices, media technologies, media practice, agency, resistance, hetero/homonormativity, and discourse of the human. Dr. Lewis’ upcoming book is informed by her experience as a television news anchor/reporter for CBS and NBC. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, loves surfing, sunsets, and pursuing educational goals with purpose and passion.