Dr. Jade Petermon

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies
Visiting Assistant Professor, Black World Studies

567 Mosler Hall


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Film and Media Studies, 2014
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Film and Media Studies, 2010
  • B.A., DePaul University, Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies, 2008

Courses Taught

  • BWS 151: Introduction to Black Studies
  • BWS 156: Introduction to Africa
  • ATH/BWS/WGS 325: Identity-Race, Class, Gender

Research Interests

My research interests rest primarily in the areas of African and black diaspora studies, film and media studies, cultural studies and women’s and gender studies. My primary methodological frameworks are textual analysis and ethnography. The exploration of visual culture is at the core of my research interests. I examine the power dynamics at work in the acts of seeing and being seen. I explore these questions across several different media platforms. However, I am increasingly attracted to digital media and the ways in which technological changes inform these questions. My work contributes to an ongoing dialogue about how different axes of identity inform not only how communities of color are portrayed and seen, but also more importantly, how we see ourselves. My current book project, “Hyper(in)visibility: Reading Race and Representation in the Neoliberal Era,” traces the visibility of racialized subjectivities across several media platforms in the era of neoliberalism.


“Race (Lost) in Shondaland: The Rise of Multiculuralism in Primetime Network Television” in Adventures in Shondaland: Identity, Politics and the Power of Representation edited by Rachel Griffin and Michaela Myer. Forthcoming, 2017.

“Pretty Fly for a Fat Girl: Identity Formation and Resistance in the Internet Fat Fashion Community,” in meXicana Fashions: Self-Adornment, Identity Constructions, and Political Self-Presentations, edited by Norma Cantu and Aida Hurtado. Duke University Press, Forthcoming, 2017.

“The Shadow Behind the Real: Spike Lee Does Chicago,” Film Quarterly, Vol. 70:2, (2016).

David Gray and Jade Petermon, “Media, Space and Memory,” Media Fields Journal, Issue 5, 2012.

University Service

Miami University

  • Diversity Committee (2015-2016)
  • New Faculty Enhancement Program (2015)
  • Women’s History Month Committee (2015-Present)
  • Co-Advisor MUH-Pride