Ph.D., Communication, University of Maryland (2006)
M.A., Communication Wake Forest University (2002)
B.S., Political Communication, Florida State University (1998)
- Rhetoric & Social Change
- Social Movements
- Indigenous resistance
- Music and social change
- LGBTQ discourse
- Critical whiteness
- Black liberation
Select Courses Taught
- Rhetorical Criticism (undergrad, grad)
- Rhetorical Theory (undergrad, grad)
- Rhetoric and Social Change (undergrad, grad)
- Black Comm. & Culture (undergrad, grad)
- African American Rhetoric (undergrad, grad)
- Rhetoric, Race & Law (undergrad, grad)
- Indigenous Rhetoric & Decoloniality (undergrad)
- Indigenous Rhetoric (undergrad)
- Music & Cultural Rhetoric (undergrad, grad)
- Comm. & Public Advocacy (undergrad)
- Rhetoric & Public Culture (undergrad)
- COMM Learning Community (undergrad)
Dr. Jason Edward Black (he/him) (Ph.D., Communication, Univ. of Maryland, 2006) is professor of Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Change in the Department of Communication Studies at the Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is also affiliate faculty with American Studies, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies at Charlotte. Black was previously an associate professor for 11 years at the Univ. of Alabama.
Black has a demonstrated record of academic leadership, dating to his first administrative role as Undergraduate Director in Communication Studies at Alabama (2007-2010). Since that time, he has served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Communication & Information Sciences at Alabama (2010-2013) and as Executive Director of the Carolinas Communication Association (2015-2021). Black recently completed a five-year term as Department Chair in Communication Studies at Charlotte (2016-2021). He now leads the citizenship-centered Communication Studies Learning Community at Charlotte (2022-present).
Black’s research program is centered in rhetoric and social change, with an emphasis on Indigenous justice, LGBTQIA+ activism, and Black liberation. He is the co-author of Mascot Nation: The Controversy over Native American Representations in Sports (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2018) and the author of American Indians and the Rhetoric of Removal and Allotment (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2015). He is also co-editor of Reframing Rhetorical History (Univ. of Alabama Press, 2022), Decolonizing Native American Rhetoric (Peter Lang, 2018), An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches and Writings (Univ. of California Press, 2013), and Arguments about Animal Ethics (Lexington, 2010). His work also appears in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Arg. & Advocacy, Southern Communication Journal, Western Journal of Communication, American Indian Quarterly, and American Indian Culture & Research Journal among other peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.
Black has received the following research funding: Dirksen Congressional Grant (2022), Hagley Museum Fellowship (2021), Fulbright Research Chair in Canadian Studies (2020), NEH Summer Stipend (2019), Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society (2018). He has received the following awards: SSCA Osborn Teacher-Scholar Award; Outstanding Book Award, NCA Communication & Sport Division; Outstanding Book Award, NCA American Studies Division; Alpha Chi Omega Professor of the Year, UNCC, 2018; Top Faculty Award, Alabama Communication Association, 2017; Outstanding Article Award, Critical/Cultural Studies Division, National Communication Association, 2016; Betty Jo Welch Award for Continuing and Outstanding Service, Carolinas Communication Association, 2016; Presidential Research Award, Univ of Alabama, 2016; Gender Studies Scholar of the Year, Southern States Comm. Assn., 2015; UA Alumni Association’s Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, 2013; Knox Hagood Faculty Award, UA CIS, 2008; Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Award, Southern States Communication Association; Wrage-Baskerville Award in Public Address, National Communication Association, 2004; Owen Peterson Award in Rhetoric & Public Address, Southern States Communication Association, 2004.
Black participates in a number of activist-scholar activities for the public good, including contributing to stories about Indigenous and Queer activism in venues such as NPR, the CBC, the BBC, the Washington Post, the Colorado Sun, iHeartRadio, California Public Radio, Alabama Public Radio, the Associated Press, CTV, and others. Black also participates in public education projects and activist events across the U.S. and in Canada. He is a member of several academic and civic associations.