Department of English

Dr. Keisha Tassie

Keisha Tassie

Associate Professor of Communication


Dr. Keisha Edwards Tassie is an Associate Professor of Communication and holds degrees in Speech Communication, with emphases in interpersonal communication, interracial communication, and media studies.   For over 10 years, Dr. Tassie has researched the intersectionality of communication, race, gender, and media – presenting that work through her dissertation studies on skin tone bias, mediated images, and perceptions of communicator competence; numerous professional presentations in the fields of communication and sociology; and publications such as her co-authored piece, The Cinematic Incarnation of Frazier's Black Bourgeoisie: Tyler Perry's Black Middle Class (2012) published in Journal of African American Studies and her forthcoming, co-edited book on the ways in which women, living within and across multiple tensions of race, class, and gender, use ‘voice’ to communicate resistance.  In 2011, Tassie was awarded a research grant to present her work on the challenges experienced by women of color when pursuing positions of leadership.  As a professor, her teaching experience includes topic-relevant courses such as Interracial Communication, Contemporary Issues in Mass Media, Interpersonal Communication, and Persuasion, and Dr. Tassie is the recipient of the International Communication Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  As a recipient of the National Communication Association’s Diversity Initiative Award, Dr. Tassie’s research interests continue to focus on issues that are significant to the exploration and ‘explanation’ of the intersection(s) of communication, race, gender, class, and media.
Privately, Dr. Tassie positively delights in experiencing life with her precious husband and two sons, and she is deeply rooted in her spiritual, social, and political ideals; and in her Jamaican heritage.

Ph.D., Speech Communication
The University of Georgia

M.A., Speech Communication
The University of Georgia

B.A., Speech Communication
The University of Georgia

Selected Publications
Women of color, voice, and resistance: Claiming a seat at the table. Lexington Books. 2014 (Co-Editor).

The ‘Double Outsider’s Challenges to Professional Success:  Implications for Black Women’s Leadership. In Davis & Chaney (Ed.), Black Women in Leadership. Peter Lang. 2013 (first author).

The Cinematic Incarnation of Frazier's Black Bourgeoisie: Tyler Perry's Black Middle-Class. Journal of African American Studies. Volume 16, Issue 2.  2012 (co-author).

Changing the Atmos'fear' in the Public Speaking Classroom. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 1(7), pp. 9-13. 2011. (co-author).

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