African American Studies Welcomes New Department Head, Dr. Jane Rhodes.

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome the arrival of our new colleague, Jane Rhodes, to UIC. Professor Rhodes joins us as the new Department Head for African American Studies. Rhodes is trained as a mass media historian with specialization in African American history and culture. She focuses on the study of race, gender and mass media; the history of the black press; media and social movements; and African American women’s history. She is particularly interested in how aggrieved communities have used print culture, film, electronic media, music, and other expressive cultures as modes of resistance and empowerment. Her work also explores the gender politics of African American communities and the experiences of transnational black subjects .