Oct. 1, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces that an article by Dr. Hannah Noel, an assistant professor in the Department of English/Communications, will be published this fall in the next installment of George Lipsitz’s journal, Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies (Volume 5, Number 2, Fall 2018).  

Noel’s article, titled “Deflective Whiteness: White Rhetoric and Racial Fabrication,” will introduce her contribution to the study of white racial rhetoric within critical race theory. This contemporary work studies the formulaic ways that the identity politics of minorities and women are decontextualized and used by whites, as well as white-allied individuals, in cross-media spaces to uphold white supremacy and white identity politics.

Noel also recently returned a signed contract to The Ohio University Press for her comparative ethnic studies and media studies book, titled “Deflective Whiteness: White Identity Politics in a Post-Race Era,” which will be included  in their Race and Mediated Cultures series.

As part of her research into the fields of critical race theory and media studies, Noel looks at how ideas about race are shaped in online media environments, such as Twitter and Facebook.

“My book makes sense of how racism operates today in online media spaces. It’s really a comparative ethnic studies project, and engages with scholars of systemic racism theory and critical race theory,” Noel said.

Noel also is a book review editor for a peer-reviewed journal, Diálogo: An Interdisciplinary Studies Journal, which is published by the University of Texas Press. And, in addition to the courses she teaches this semester at MCLA, Noel will be a guest lecturer when she speaks on colorblindness and whiteness as part of the “Introduction to American Ethnic Studies” course at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

A native of the town of Florida, Noel graduated from Drury High School in North Adams. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in American studies, with Honors in Latina/o studies, from Williams College, and holds her master’s degree and Ph.D in American culture, with a graduate certificate in Latina/o studies, from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Noel joined MCLA in fall 2017, and teaches courses in multi-ethnic studies and digital communications. Her research interests include media and cultural studies, race, ethnicity, new racism and immigration in the United States. She previously was a visiting assistant professor of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino studies at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio.

Kalfou is a scholarly journal focused on social movements, social institutions, and social relations, published by Temple University Press on behalf of the University of California-Santa Barbara Center for Black Studies Research.

According to The Ohio University Press, its Race and Mediated Cultures series elucidates the mutually constitutive relationship between race and mediated cultures in transdisciplinary humanistic scholarship. Media cultures are defined broadly by the series to include screen cultures, social media, surveillance, data algorithms and informatics, networks and institutions, fandom and media activism, propaganda, and other permutations of mediated life.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.​

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