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Libby Lewis

Dr. Libby Lewis/Assistant Professor
California State University Los Angeles/Dept of Sociology & Pan African Studies

Dr. Libby Lewis’ book, The Myth of Post-racialism in Television News focuses on how journalists negotiate race, gender, and sexuality in a corporate newsroom culture and foregrounds the experiences of Black journalists. She is an international speaker, who was invited to the United Nations to discuss global diversity and gender in the media. Dr. Lewis’ book is informed by her experience as a news anchor/reporter for CBS and NBC. She was born in Los Angeles, CA where she currently resides.

Biography

Libby Lewis earned a Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.  Her research on the news media includes the U.S., United Kingdom, and South Africa.  As a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar, she studied Zulu, to facilitate research on the television news media in South Africa.  She was  invited to the United Kingdom to speak and consult with diverse audiences on a wide range of subjects including the myth of post-racialism, marketing, branding, innovative communications, and cultural representation.  She has contributed to radio, television, and online media in the U.S. and United Kingdom covering the U.S. Elections and the politics of representation in shaping our worldview.  Dr. Lewis was invited to Washington DC to speak on a panel entitled, “Managing Racial Discrimination in the Newsroom.”  She accepted an invitation to speak on a panel at the United Nations on “Global Diversity and Gender in the Media” and was invited to the White House the day after President Obama’s Inauguration where she spoke briefly with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Her research, teaching, and writing includes issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, popular culture, and the politics of representation in traditional and new media form.  Her main areas of engagement are Critical Media Studies, Film Studies, Social Philosophy, Sociology, Cultural Studies, African American Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Human Sexuality, and American Studies.  Her book is entitled, The Myth of Post-racialism in Television News (Routledge 2018), which focuses on how journalists negotiate race, gender, and sexuality in a corporate newsroom culture and foregrounds the experiences of Black journalists.  Broadly, her research takes up professionalization in relation to language and power, neoliberalism, democracy, “the nation,” cultural practices, media technologies, media practice, agency, resistance, hetero/homonormativity, and discourse of the human.  Dr. Lewis’ book is informed by her experience as a television news anchor/reporter for CBS and NBC.  She was born in Los Angeles, California where she now resides.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Her main areas of engagement are Critical Media Studies, Film Studies, Social Philosophy, Sociology, Cultural Studies, African American Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Human Sexuality, and American Studies.  Broadly, her research takes up professionalization in relation to language and power, neoliberalism, democracy, “the nation,” cultural practices, media technologies, media practice, agency, resistance, hetero/homonormativity, and discourse of the human.

Personal Interests

    She loves surfing, sunsets, riding her motorcycle along the coast of California, and engaging education with purpose and passion.

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