Racquel J. Gates
is an Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. She received her PhD from Northwestern University’s department of Screen Cultures, and holds an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago as well as a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She is the author of Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture.
Racquel’s work appears in both academic as well as popular publications, some of which include The New York Times, The Root, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Film Quarterly, Television & New Media.
Racquel has spoken widely on the subject of black identity in popular culture, film, and television. View a calendar of upcoming and past events here.
Racquel examines the generative potential of so-called negative images of African-Americans in popular culture, showing how some of the most disreputable representations can strategically pose questions about blackness in ways that more ‘respectable’ ones cannot