Tarshia L. Stanley is associate professor and chair in the English department at Spelman College. She teaches courses in film and media studies particularly as it pertains to images of women of African descent. She has authored several articles critiquing Black women in African, African American, and Caribbean cinema as well as Black female iconography in American popular culture.
She edited The Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature published by Greenwood Press in 2008 and is at work on two manuscripts. One titled Mothering Our Daughters: Mediating the Messages about the responsibility of women to help girls navigate the messages they receive about femininity from the mass media. The second hopes to add to the discussion of a viable definition of African Diaspora literature through the work of speculative fiction writer Octavia Butler. She facilitates the student-powered Mother/Daughter conference, which invites girls 7-17 and their mother/mentors to campus in the spring semester to share in the journey to healthier self-esteem.
TARSHIA L. STANLEY, Ph.D.
Chairperson and Associate Professor
Department of English
Atlanta, GA 30314-4399
Ph.D., English University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Dissertation Title: “Icono-Clash: Whoopi Goldberg and the
Re-Presentation of Black Women in Hollywood Cinema”
M.A., English University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Thesis Title: “(Re) Collecting and (Re) Creating African American
Myth: Virginia Hamilton and the Importance of Storytelling”
A.B., English Duke University, Durham, NC
· The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature. West Port, CT.: Greenwood Press. 2008.
- · “Father Africa: Counternarratives of Masculinity in Ousmane Sembene’s Faat Kine and Moolade.” In Men in African Fiction and Film. Ed.Lahoucine Ouzgane. Oxford, UK: James Curry. 2011.
- “The Three Faces in Eve’s Bayou: Recalling the Conjure Woman in Contemporary Black Cinema.” In Folklore and Popular Film. Eds. Mike Koven and Sharon Sherman. Logan: Utah State University Press. 2007.
- “The Specter of Oprah: Critical Black Female Spectatorship and Oprah Winfrey.” In I’m Every Woman: The Phenomenon of Oprah Winfrey. Ed. Elwood G. Watson. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press. 2007.
· “The Boys’ Price in Martinique: Visions of the Bildungsroman in Sugar Cane Alley.”
In Where The Boys Are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth. Eds. Murray Pomerance
and Frances Gateward. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. 2005.
- “The One With the Baby: Single Mothering in the Academy.” In Parenting and
Professing: Balancing Family Work with an Academic Career. Ed. Rachel Hile Bassett. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press. 2005.
- The Book of Ephesus: A Novel. Under the pen name Carolina Knight. Austell, GA: Kith and Kiln Media, Inc. 2013.
- “Tina McElroy Ansa.” African American Women Writers. Ed. Yolanda Williams Page.
West Port, Connecticut/London: Greenwood Publishing Group. 2007.
- “African American Cinema.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American
Literature. Ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson. West Port, Connecticut/London: Greenwood Publishing Group. 2005.
- “African American Pulp Fiction.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American
Literature. Ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson. West Port, Connecticut/London: Greenwood Publishing. 2005.
- “Gloria Wade Gayles.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American
Literature. Ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson. West Port, Connecticut/London: Greenwood
Publishing Group. 2005.
- “Octavia Butler.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American
Literature. Ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson. West Port, Connecticut/London: Greenwood
Publishing Group. 2005.
- “J. California Cooper.” African American Dramatist: An A to Z Guide. Ed. Emmanuel S.
Nelson. West Port, Connecticut/London: Greenwood Publishing Group. 2004.
- “Amiri Baraka.” African American Autobiographers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Source Book. Ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson. West Port, Connecticut/London: Greenwood Publishing Group. 2002.
B. Invited Talks
- “Building a Better Major: Revising the English Major in the Age of STEM.” Association of Departments of English Summer Seminar West. Kansas City, MO. June, 2015
- “Sharing vs. Teaching: How a Community Conference on Media Images Facilitates Service Learning.” Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL. October, 2014.
- “What Did We Do to You to Make You Hate Us?: African American Gendered Struggled and Mass Media.” Nassau Community College, Nassau, NY. November, 2011.
- “Teaching Images of Women in the Media.” American Psychological Association Summit on Healthy Images Campaign, Washington, D.C. April, 2011.
- “To Be Young Black and Digital: UNCF Digital Media and Learning in Multicultural Contexts Public Forum Series.” Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. February, 2010.
- “Wounded in the House of Hip Hop: Black Women Healing Themselves from Negative Imagery.” California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA. March, 2007.
- “Tasteless: VH1’s Flavor of Love and The Minstrel Tradition in American Popular Culture.” University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA. October, 2006.
- “Black Exportation: Black Popular Culture in the Global Market Place” and “Wounded in the House of Hip Hop: Black Women Healing Themselves from Negative Imagery.” Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. February, 2006.
- “Babes in Bad-Boy Land: Images of Women in Music Video.” Middle Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA. March, 2004.
- “Movies, Music, Magazines and Me.” Atlanta Girls’ School, Atlanta, GA. January, 2004.
- “Global Images of Women in the Media.” Turning of the Centuries Conference, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL. April, 2002.
C. Paper Presentations
- “Octavia Butler: Black Girls Rock Utopian Reformation.” Society for Utopian Studies, Charleston, SC. November 2013.
- “E-Portfolio Jury Assessment: Building Bridges Across Disciplines.” (IUPUI) Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 2012 Assessment Institute, Indianapolis, IN. October, 2012.
- “(Pre) Scribing the Past: Black Speculative Fiction in the African American Literary Tradition.” College Language Association, Atlanta, GA. March, 2012.
- “Butler’s Daughters: The Girl Goddess in African Diasporic Speculative Fiction.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA. November, 2011.
- “The Further Nostoi: Another New South in the Black Filmic Imagination.” National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, San Antonio, TX. April, 2011.
- “Down Home From Up Yonder: Yet Another New South in the Black Filmic Imagination.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA. November, 2009.
- “Hip Hop Culture as a Quest for Self, Love, and the American Dream: Let Her Be Elevated.” College Language Association Conference, Athens, GA. April, 2005.
- “Visualizing the Humanities: Effective Incorporation of Images in the Classroom (The Ashley Project).” Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference, Murfreesboro, TN. April, 2005.
- “Body Shots: Whoopi Goldberg in Hollywood Film.” Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship Conference, Princeton, N.J. October, 2003.
- “Babes in Bad-Boy Land: Feminine Silence in Sister Souljah’s The Coldest Winter Ever.” College Language Association Conference, Washington, D.C. April, 2003.
- “Boyhood in Postcolonial Cinema.” Society for Cinema Studies, Denver, CO. May, 2002.
- “Seeking Appropriate Technology Choices in a Small College Campus Classroom.” Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference, Murfreesboro, TN. April, 2002.
- “Fire and Water are the Elements of Creation: The Sacrificial Mother in Sugar Cane Alley.” British Commonwealth & Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savannah Georgia. February, 2002.
- “Empty Spaces: Cinematic Representations of Black Women.” College Language Association Conference, New Orleans, LA. April, 2001.
- “Mad Women and Good Buddies: Whoopi Goldberg as the Narrative in American Film.” Narrative Conference, Atlanta, GA. April, 2000.
- “The Trope of the Lock: The Black Female Body in Hollywood Film.” American Women Writers of Color Conference, Ocean City, MD. October, 1999.
- “From Left-Over to the Center: Representations of African American Women in Film.” National Association of African American Studies Conference, Houston, TX. February, 1996.
D. Invited Panels
- “X Factor: Octavia Butler at the Interstices of the Humanities and the Sciences.” HBCU Mellon Faculty Fellow Colloquium, Duke University, Durham, NC. March, 2011.
- “Tyler Perry is Not for Colored Girls.” Mary Lou Williams Cultural Center, Duke University, Durham, NC. November, 2010.
- “Women and Spirituality in Biblical Literature.” College Language Association, Miami, FL. April, 2007.
- “ Lift Every Voice: The Influence of African Americans in the Entertainment
Industry—The Influence of Hip Hop.” King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, Inc., Savannah,
GA. April, 2005.
- “Take Back the Music: Essence Magazine/Spelman College Town Hall Meeting.” Spelman College, Atlanta, GA. February, 2005.
- “Fashion as Cultural Memory for Women of African Descent.” National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA. July, 2004.
- “Beyond Bamboolzed: Race in Digital Space.” Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA. February, 2003.
E. Original Video Productions and Montages
- African American in the Media and in the Mirror (1993)
- Am I A Feminist? (1994)
- Raising Awareness in Women: Let Her Be Elevated (2002)
- Love Your Hands: Redeeming Her Body from Hip Hop (2007)
H. Awards and Recognition
- HBCU Mellon Faculty Fellowship, John Hope Franklin Institute, Duke University. August 2010—May 2011.
Awarded to HBCU faculty members to provide research time to complete an independent project that promotes advanced research in the humanities. Organized culminating colloquium entitled “X Factor: Octavia Butler at the Interstices of the Humanities and the Sciences.”
- UNCF Mellon Faculty Residency Fellowship, University of Florida. August—December 2007.
Awarded to UNCF faculty members to complete or begin a scholarly project. Faculty must provide a detailed proposal and itemized budget and be recommended by their Chief Academic Officer and Department Chairperson. Used time to complete The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature.
- Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Senior Faculty, Spelman College. August 2006.
Awarded to a senior faculty member for demonstrating excellence in teaching, mentoring, and service to the college community.
- (MERIT) Method to Extend Research in Time Course Development Award, Spelman College. May 2005.
Awarded to faculty to precipitate the development of interdisciplinary courses. The course developed was “Good and Evil in American Cinema” and was cross-listed in the English Department and the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.
- Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, Spelman College. August 2003—May 2004.
Awarded to junior faculty who have demonstrated “commitment to eradicating racial disparities, and breaking down stereotypes and promoting cross-racial understanding in their university communities.” The fellowship is designed to aid the scholarly research and intellectual growth of future tenured faculty members.
- Golden Key International Honor Society Honorary Member, Spelman College. September 2000.
Elected by students in the Spelman College Chapter of the Honor Society because of demonstrated commitment to a high standard of scholastic achievement.
I. Professional Development
07/2013 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Summer Institute. University
of Denver. Denver, CO.
06/2013 New York University Faculty Resource Network: Network Summer
Special Session, “Fundraising in the Academy.” New York, NY.
01/2012 New York University Faculty Resource Network. Network Winter:
“Literatures of the Atlantic.” San Juan, Puerto Rico.
06/2009 New York University Faculty Resource Network. Network Summer:
“Women in Film.” New York, NY.
06/2005 National Endowment for the Humanities: African Cinema Institute.
06/2001 New York University Faculty Resource Network. Summer Scholar in
Residence. New York, NY.
A. Spelman College Service Committees (2000-2013)
- College Curriculum Committee, Role: Elected Member; Role of Committee: To review course development and curricular innovations, 2013-2015 and 2008-2011.
- Faculty Council, Role: Elected Member; Role of Committee: To represent the interests of general faculty in matters of policy and shared governance, 2009-2012.
- Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Search Committee, Role: Invited Member; Role of Committee: To review applications and interview candidates for the positions of VP of Student Affairs and Dean of Student Affairs, 2009.
- First-Year Experience Committee, Role: Invited Member; Role of Committee: To develop course work and pedagogical strategy for first-year student acclimation to college, 2006-Present.
- Faculty Welfare Committee, Role: Elected Member; Role of Committee: To review policy and procedure concerning the welfare of faculty, 2006-2009.
- Honors Program Committee, Role: Invited Member; Role of Committee: To approve Honors Program courses, suggest policy and curricular changes and innovations for the program, 2004-2011.
- Junior Faculty Caucus¸ Role: Founder/Advisor; Role of Committee: To represent the interests of junior faculty in matters of policy and to facilitate faculty development and mentoring. This committee later became a standing college committee and is now the Junior Faculty Committee, 2003-2006.
- Educational Technology Committee, Role: Elected Member; Role of Committee: To act as a liaison between Faculty and Media and Information Technology division, and to present faculty technology needs to MIT., Chair, 2003-2005; Secretary, 2001-2003.
B. Additional Spelman College Service
- Mothering Our Daughters: Mediating the Messages Annual Community
A student powered conference inviting mentors/mothers and daughters/mentees (aged 7-17) to campus to learn about the impact of images on the development of self-esteem. Annually in the Spring, 2002-present.
- Dialogues at the Center—Founder
An interdisciplinary and intimate conversation featuring professors engaging about a topic of mutual interest. Select students are invited to participate and model intellectual dialogue, 2011-Present.
- (WORTH) Women Offering Representations That Heal—Co-Founder/Advisor
Student club devoted to creating multi-dimensional images of women and girls, 2005-2010.
- Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honors Society)—Advisor
Honor Society charged to recognize high achievement in English language and literature, provide cultural stimulation on campus to promote interest in literature and the English language, and to serve society by fostering literacy, 2005-2008.
- International Exchange Student Program—Advisor
Advisor and academic contact person for one to two international exchange students per semester, 2004-2005; 2002-2003; 2001-2002.
- (RAW) Raising Awareness in Women—Founder/Advisor
Student, faculty and staff club devoted to understating the impact of media images on the self-esteem of women and girls, 2002-2008.
- Sophomore Assembly—Public Speaking Facilitator
Responsible for advancing student oral competencies by teaching requisite skills for constructing, delivering, and analyzing speeches, 2001-2005.
C. Professional Service
- Founder—Octavia E. Butler Society First national meeting at American Literature Association in May 2013. A scholarly society devoted to the study and impact of Butler’s literature. 2012-Present
- Board of Directors—The West African Research Association
Founded in 1989, WARA is a professional organization housed at Boston University committed to promoting “research and scholarly exchange between West African and US scholars and institutions.” Elected Term: 2011-2014.
- Panel Moderator—“Southern Black Women Writers.” National Black Herstory Task Force, Atlanta, GA. April 2005.
- Reviewer—Film: A Critical Introduction . Eds. Maria T. Pramaggiore and Tom Wallis. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. 2005.
- Panel Moderator—“Artist and the Community.” Women of Color National Leadership Conference, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA. May 2004.
- Information Technology Committee Member—Sub-committee of Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Created opportunities to help introduce media studies education to young people in grades K-12. Met during annual conference. 2002-2005.
- Editorial Board—A Turbulent Voyage: Readings in African American Studies. Ed. Floyd Hayes III. San Diego: Collegiate Press. 2000.
D. Community Service
- Center for Black Women’s Wellness—Summer Youth Leadership Program Teacher and Guest Speaker, 2006-2010.
- “Movies, Music, Magazines and Me”—Curriculum Developer
Creator and facilitator of various workshops and interactive activities for middle schools, girls organizations, churches, and other community groups to explore the impact of media on the self-esteem of young girls, 2004-Present.
- Bard College Clementé Program—Advisory Board Member
The Clementé Program is designed to offer college-level course work to people who would not traditionally be eligible for college. The goal is to promote matriculation and/or self-enrichment, 2002-2005.
- Mothering Our Daughters: Mediating the Messages—Founder and Facilitator
Annual conference which invites girls ages 7-17 and their mother/mentors to Spelman College to share in the journey to healthier self-esteem, 2002-Present.
- Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest—Essay Contest Judge, 2001.
- Coca-Cola Share the Dream Essay Contest—Essay Contest Judge, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005.