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Kamille Gentles-Peart

Kamille Gentles-Peart, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication, CHAIR Department of Communication & Graphic Design

B.A. CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College
Ph.D. University of Michigan

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Dr. Kamille Gentles-Peart is an Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication & Graphic Design at Roger Williams University where she teaches in the area of international communication. She is a first-generation immigrant, born and raised in Jamaica, W.I.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Communication Studies
  • Introduction to Mass Media
  • Mass Communication Theory & Criticism
  • International Communication
  • Global Audiences, Global Consumers

Recent Research

  • Critical Media Studies
  • Gender Studies                    
  • Semiological Analysis
  • Discourse Analysis                       
  • Caribbean Studies                                                                  
  • Postcolonial Studies

Dr. Peart is an interdisciplinary cultural scholar, whose research agenda explores how cultural identities and subjectivities inform intercultural and mediated communication practices. Her research focuses on Caribbean immigrant women in the U.S., exploring their experiences and identities in their new home. 

Teaching Philosophy:

“I am especially committed to equipping my students with the tools necessary to move beyond imitating the lives of their Miss Jamaicas, to critically assess dominant ideologies, and to intelligently develop their own opinions. Therefore, it is my belief that the college experience should be less about retaining information, and more about acquiring a set of non-discipline specific tools that will be valuable well beyond the gates of the university. Critical thinking, or the ability to effectively evaluate and produce well-substantiated arguments, is among the most important of these tools. It is the foundation of a democratic society, and a necessary life skill that should be cultivated and fostered in every student, regardless of the academic fields from which they hail.

Secondly, I foster self-confidence by promoting an environment of acceptance, cultivating a forum in which my students feel safe to share, debate and concede opinions, as well as to be candid about their grasp and understanding of the material. Allowing, and respectfully responding to, questions during lecture sessions, engaging with students who voice unpopular opinions rather than dismissing them in disapproval, and scheduling ample extra-class meeting times (demonstrating accessibility) are a few of the ways I nurture such self-assurance.

I am confident that this emphasis on scholarly as well as personal growth is beneficial to students who will be intellectually and psychologically equipped to go on to become socially-aware, critical producers and consumers, thus revolutionizing their industries and the world.

Affiliations:

  • Caribbean Studies Association
  • International Communication Association
  • National Communication Association
  • National Women Studies Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Publications (Selected)

Books

Romance With Voluptuousness: Caribbean Women and Thick Bodies in the U.S. (forthcoming, University of Nebraska Press).

Re-Constructing Place and Space: Media, Power, Discourse and the Constitution of Caribbean Diasporas. Co-edited with Maurice L. Hall. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
Winner: Outstanding Book Award, African American Communication and Culture Division, National CommunicationAssociation, 2012.

Book Chapters

"West Indian Women, Body Politics and Cultural Citizenship." Bodies Without Borders. Edited by Afshan Jafar and Erynn de Casanova. Palgrave MacMillan Press, 2013.

"Adapting America: West Indian Women¹s Cultural Adaption of the American Diasporic Space." The Theme of Cultural Adaptation in American History, Literature, and Film: Cases When the Discourse Changed. Edited by Lawrence Raw, Tanfer Tunc and Gulriz Buken. Edwin Mellen Press, 2009, 297-313.

“Barriers to Being Heard in a Majority Institution.” Still Searching for Our Mothers’ Gardens: Experiences of New, Tenure Track Women of Color at ‘Majority’ Institutions. Edited by Marnel Niles and Nickesia Gordon. University Press of America, 2010, 124-132.

“Transnational Television and West Indian Women’s Diasporic Identity.” Global Cultures. Edited by Frank Salamone. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009, 111-130.

Journal Articles

"West Indian Women, Difference and Cultural Citizenship in the U.S." Wadabagai: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diasporas, 2014.

"Fiwi TV: Ethnic Media and the West Indian Diaspora." International Journal of Cultural Studies, 17(6), 2014.

“Second-generation West Indian Women, Television and the Dialogic Self.” Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism, 2010.

“Television and Perceived Peer Expectations of Body Size Among African American Adolescent Girls.” (with Dr. Kristen Harrison). Howard Journal of Communications, 2006.

Book Reviews

The Cosmetic Gaze: Body Modification and the Construction of Beauty, Visual Communication Quarterly.

African Diaspora In the Cultures of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States by Persephone Braham (editor). CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 2015.

Diasporic Chineseness After The Rise of China: Communities and Cultural Productions by Julia Kuehn, Kam Louie and David Pomfret (editors). CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, June 2014.

Media Life by Mark Deuze, Polity Press (2012). CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, August 2013.

Conference Presentations (Selected)

"Finding Embodied Citizenship: West Indian Women and Beauty Expectations in the U.S." Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, May 2015.

"West Indian Immigrant Women and Embodied Cultural Citizenship." Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Annual Convention, Providence, April 2014.

"Race, Gender and Body Politics in the West Indian Diaspora." National Women¹s Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Convention, Cincinnati, OH, November 2013.

"Highly Visible, but Invisible: Race, Gender and Caribbean-ness in American Academia." Presenter and Panel Chair, Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) Annual Convention, Grenada, June 2013.

“Caribbean Ambivalence: Nation, Transnationality, and Outsiderness.” Respondent (Invited), American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2012.

“Cultural Citizenship and Body Image.” Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) Annual Convention, Le Gosier, Guadeloupe, May 2012.

“FiWi TV: Transnational Media and the West Indian Diaspora.” National Popular Culture Association (PCA) Annual Convention, Cambridge, MA, April 2012.

“Diaspora, Identity and Media.” Fourth Global Conference: Diasporas: Exploring Critical Issues, Oxford University, United Kingdom, July 2011.

“West Indian Women’s Identity and Negotiation of American Hegemony.” National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, November 2009.

“American Television and West Indian Women’s Negotiation of Body Politics.” Transforming Audiences 2 International Conference, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom, September 2009.

“Barriers to Being Heard in a Major Institution.” National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, November 2008.

“Second-generation West Indian Women, Television and Diasporic Identity.” The Individual and the Mass Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, May 2008.

" 'Accept Yourself and Dress Appropriately:' Television and Strategic Selection Among West Indian Women." National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, November 2007. 

“ ’I’m A Reality TV Junky:’ Reality Television and West Indian Women’s Diasporic Identity.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Convention, Washington D.C., August 2007.

"Framing Immigrants, Framing Immigration." Panel Chair, Immigration, Citizenship and the Mass Media: A Symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, March 2007. 

" 'I'm Dealing With It': West Indian Women, Television, and Coping." Community of Scholars, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, March 2007. 

 “West Indian Women, Cultural Hybridity and Television.” International Communication Association Annual Conference, Dresden, Germany, June 2006.

“Transnational Communities and Body Image: A West Indian Case Study.” National Association for Ethnic Studies Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 2006.

"West Indian women, Body Image, and Television." Caribbean Workshop, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, March 2006.

“A Place to Call Home: West Indian Women, Cultural Identity, and Television.” International Cultural Studies Symposium, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, May 2005.

“West Indian Women, Self-identity, and Images of Blackness.” Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI, January 2005.

"The Construction of Black Female Bodies in Amos 'n' Andy: A Case for Hybridity." National Communication Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2004. 

" 'Ain¹t I a woman?': Representations of African American Women During the 'Golden Age' of Radio." International Communication Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, May 2004. 

“Representations of African American Women During the ‘Golden Age’ of Radio.” Black Feminisms Conference, New York, NY, March 2004.

“The Peer Factor in the Relationship Between Television Content and Body Dissatisfaction in Adolescent Girls of Color.” National Communication Association Annual Conference, Miami, FL, November 2003.

Invited Talks

Tribute to Dr. Roy Simon Byrce-Laporte, Medgar Evers College, March 30, 2015.

President¹s Distinguish Speakers Series: "The Modern Legacy of the 13th Amendment and Race Relations in the U.S." Roger Williams University, March 23, 2015.

Political Context of Social Movement Activism in Jamaica (Seminar), Brown University, RI, June 2014.

"West Indian Immigrant Women, Body Politics and Cultural Citizenship." Bodies Without Border, Connecticut College, CT, February 2014.

"Postcolonial Women and Neo-imperialistic Silencing." Work in Progress: A Conversation Celebrating Women¹s History Month, Westfield State University, MA, March 2013.

“Challenges to Expanding Rooms and Unbridling Tongues.” Expanded Rooms, Unbridled Tongues: International Women’s Writing in the 21st Century Symposium, Keene State College, NH, March 2012.

“Silencing the ‘Other:’ Barriers to Participation in the Academic and Intellectual Life of Roger Williams University.” Voices From The Margins: Deconstructing The Western Gaze, Roger Williams University, November 2011.

“The Influence of Mass Media on Public Opinion and Identity in the Arab World,” Intellectual Freedom in the Middle East Colloquium, Roger Williams University, Spring 2008.

“Body Image in the West Indian Diaspora,” Gender, Globalization and Media Course, Roger Williams University, Spring 2008.

"The Influence of Mass Media on Public Opinion and Identity in the Arab World," Intellectual Freedom in the Middle East Colloquium, Roger Williams University, Spring 2008.