COM Alumna Wins 2017 NCA Outstanding Book Award

Communication graduate Manoucheka Celeste (Ph.D., 2011) was recently awarded the 2017 NCA Outstanding Book Award, African American Communication & Culture Division and the Black Caucus. The honor is in recognition of her first book: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora: Travelling Blackness (Routledge 2016).

Now an assistant professor of Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies, and African American Studies at the University of Florida, Dr. Celeste presented sections of her book at a Department colloquium last spring. Using Haiti, Cuba, and the United States as case studies for Blackness that travels across national boundaries, Dr. Celeste traces the historical mobility of Black citizenship and colonialism. Her work, inspired by her UW dissertation, argues that citizenship in all its forms is often rhetorically, representationally, and legally negated by race, particularly blackness. Dr. Celeste uses auto-ethnography and cultural studies methods, including textual analysis, to explore the ways that media representations of blackness impact one’s ability to travel across national and social borders and become a citizen.

“She is incredibly deserving of this award,” exclaimed Dr. Ralina Joseph, Director of the UW Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE), “I so am happy to share such terrific news with the Department this morning!”

Dr. Celeste’s ongoing research centers on representational constructions of race, gender, class, and nation, and processes of identity formation, with a specific emphasis on citizenship narratives surrounding immigration, tourism, immigrants, and black women. In addition to her first book on Travelling Blackness, her most recent publications include the article “Entertaining mobility: the racialized and gendered nation in House Hunters International” in Feminist Media Studies.