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community engaged public media; race in media; black feminism and public sphere; school transformation; restorative justice


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Catherine R. Squires is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota.  She is the author of multiple books, including Dispatches from the Color Line (2007), African Americans & the Media (2009), and The Post-Racial Mystique (2014).  Most recently she edited the collection Dangerous Discourses: Feminism, Gun Violence & Civic Life (2016) which was a finalist for the AEJMC Tankard Award.

Dr. Squires has published articles on media, race, gender, and politics in many journals, including Communication TheoryAmerican Quarterly, and the International Journal of Press/Politics. Professor Squires is also engaged in a long-term partnership with Gordon Parks High School and the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. She collaborates with community members, teachers, students and elders to create publicly-oriented media that explore the history and future development of the Rondo neighborhood and the legacy of Gordon Parks. 

Professor Squires earned her PhD from Northwestern University, and was Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from 1999-2007.  Her undergraduate degree in Politics is from Occidental College.

Dr. Squires was named a Bush Fellow for 2017-19, which will support her explorations of intergenerational learning and healing practices.  

External Positions

Bush Fellow

Jun 1 2017Jun 1 2019

Research interests

  • race and class
  • media studies
  • political communication
  • gender
  • youth
  • educational disparities
  • News Production
  • ethnic studies
  • intergenerational learning
  • intergenerational healing
  • education justice
  • social movements
  • African American Studies

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  • Research Output


    Squires, C. R., Jul 4 2018, Media Across the African Diaspora: Content, Audiences, and Influence. Taylor and Francis, p. xi-xiii

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

    Who are we working for? Recentering black feminism

    Hester, S. L. & Squires, C. R., Oct 2 2018, In : Communication and Critical/ Cultural Studies. 15, 4, p. 343-348 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    2 Scopus citations
  • Black audiences, past and present: Commonsense media critics and activists

    Squires, C., Jan 1 2013, Say it Loud!: African American Audiences, Media and Identity. Taylor and Francis, p. 45-76 32 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 6 Scopus citations


    • 2 Submitted presentation or panel

    The Art of Healing: A Rejuvenation Space

    Abimbola O Asojo (Speaker), Roli Dwivedi (Author), Priscilla Gibson (Author), Catherine Squires (Author)
    Mar 2018 → …

    Activity: Talk typesSubmitted presentation or panel

    Interdisciplinary Healing Approaches for Women of Color in Academia.

    Priscilla Gibson (Speaker), Abimbola O Asojo (Author), Roli Dwivedi (Author), Catherine Squires (Author)
    Oct 2 2018 → …

    Activity: Talk typesSubmitted presentation or panel

    Fellowships, Honors, and Prizes

    Institute for Advanced Study Faculty Fellows, Spring 2018

    Sarah C Chambers (Recipient), Jessica A Clarke (Recipient), Sairaj Dhople (Recipient), Andrew B Gallia (Recipient), Tasoulla Hadjiyanni (Recipient) & Catherine R Squires (Recipient), Jan 2018

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively