Hannah NoelDr. Hannah Noel

Assistant Professor, English/Communications


About Me

I teach courses in mass media, media and cultural studies, comparative ethnic studies, and racial theory. My courses focus on developing student writing and I encourage my students to think beyond “common sense” or traditional ways of thinking while promoting a bridge between theory and practice. I am an affiliate faculty in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Special Projects/Activities

At MCLA I am honored to serve as the Secretary of the faculty association; as an Internal Review Board member; a First Year Experience professor; as a Mellon Grant Faculty Fellow; Hartmann Co-Professor; Honors Program faculty member; and I am currently proposing and developing new curriculum to offer more diverse courses for students.

In addition, I am a reviews editor for Diálogo, an interdisciplinary Latino and Latin American Studies peer-reviewed journal, published by University of Texas Press. I am a member of the American Studies Association and the Latina/o Studies Association and present my scholarship annually at conferences.

Research/Creative Interests

My research interests include media and cultural studies, race, ethnicity, new racism, and immigration. My current book project, Deflective Whiteness: White Identity Politics in a Post-Race Era, is under contract with The Ohio State University Press for inclusion in their Race and Mediated Culture series.


“Deflective Whiteness: White Rhetoric and Racial Fabrication.” Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies. Volume 5, Number 2, Fall 2018. (Forthcoming)

 “Imagining Postville: National Public Radio and the Discourse of Latina/o Representation.” The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Media. Edited by María Elena Cepeda and Dolores Inés Casillas. New York: Routledge Press, 2017.

 “Branding Guilt: American Apparel Inc. and Latina Labor in Los Angeles.” Diálogo: An Interdisciplinary Journal Published by the Center for Latino Research at DePaul University. Special Issue: Reframing Immigration in the Américas. Volume 18, Number 2, Fall 2015.

Conference Participation

"Deflective Whiteness: Latinxs and Racial Fabrication." Latinx Studies Association, Washington, DC. 2018

“Where have we been? Where are we going? Understanding the Rise of Trumpism, the Alt-Right, and Developing Strategies of Dissent.” American Studies Association. November 9-12, Chicago. 2017

“Obama’s Immigration Legacy: Representations of Belonging and the Criminalization of the Undocumented.” American Studies Association, Denver, Colorado. 2016

“Straight Shooting: Colorblindness, Latinos, and the Representation of Post-9/11 Political Correctness.” Latina/o Studies Association, Pasadena, California. 2016

Contact Information

Office: Mark Hopkins 104A




Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2014

M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2010

B.A. with Honors, cum laude, Williams College, 2008


Courses Taught

ENGL 150: College Writing II, Fall 2017/Spring 2018

ENGL 250, Introduction to Literature, Fall 2016

ENGL 210: Essentials of Film, Spring 2018

ENGL 211: Introduction to Mass Media, Fall 2018

ENGL 490: Senior Seminar, Media and Immigration, Spring 2018