Rokeshia Ashley

  • Research Area: Health Communication, Body Image and Modification, African Diaspora
  • Entered Doctoral Program: 2015
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ROKESHIA RENNE ASHLEY is a doctoral candidate at the Missouri School of Journalism. Her research focuses on the relationship between Black women’s body image and body modification and its manifestation in health and global communication, particularly in spaces of indigenous populations of Africa.

Refereed Publications

  • Ashley, R.R., and Jung, J. (2017). #BlackBodiesMatter: Cross-cultural examination of Black women’s motivation to engage in body modification. Journal of Black Studies, 1–21. doi:10.1177/0021934716686022
  • Ashley, R. (2017). Representation of Darfur conflict in diasporic media. In Ogunyemi, O. (Ed.) Media, Diaspora, and Conflict
  • Hinnant, A., Subramanian, R., Ashley, R., Perreault, M., Young, R., and Thomas, R.J. (in press). How journalists characterize health inequalities and redefine solutions for Native American audiences. Health Communication.

Refereed Conference Presentations

  • Young, R., and Ashley, R. Communicating with Native Audiences about Health Disparities: Interviews with Health Journalists, American Public Health Association, November 4-8, 2017.
  • Hinnant, A., Subramanian, R., Ashley, R., Perreault, M., Young, R., and Thomas, R. How journalists characterize health inequalities and redefine solutions for Native American audiences. Communicating Science, Health, Environment, and Risk Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Minneapolis, August 2016.
  • Ashley, R. #BlackBodiesMatter: Cross-Cultural Examination of Black Women’s Motivation to Engage in Body Modification, Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, International Conference on Women’s Studies, Vienna, Austria, Sept 2014.

Presentations

  • Mislan, C., and Ashley, R. Black(er)face, Post-Raciality and Colonial Discourse in Popular Culture Exhibitions of Blackness, University of Missouri Black Studies Research Roundtable, June 2016.
  • Ashley, R. White Ain’t Right: Framing Analysis of Oppositional Media Coverage of Skin Whitening Practices in Sudan, Graduate Professional Council 33rd Annual Research and Creative Activities Forum 3rd Place Winner for Social Science (Qualitative), March 2016.
  • Oral Presenter, Sep. 2014, Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, International Conference on Women’s Studies, Vienna, Austria: Presentation on the preliminary findings associated with master’s thesis projects. Details included the various depictions of black women’s body types, the dueling images of black women’s body image, familial/tribe perception of body image, mass media’s influence to engage in body modification and the fashion industry’s lack of representation of black women.
  • Visiting Scholar, Aug. 2014, University of Pretoria, Department of Consumer Sciences, Pretoria, South Africa: Presentation on cross-cultural comparison of black women’s body image in comparative media of South Africa and its effects on black women desiring to modify their bodies with cosmetic/plastic surgery and/or body modification devices.
  • Oral Presenter, Jan. 2013, AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Division Meeting, Poynter Institute: Presented software applications that aided faculty members in journalism with helping students achieve learning goals and core curriculum objectives.
  • Poster Presenter, Sep. 2012, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, McNair Research Conference: Presented an assessment of 624 photos from 10-issues of Teen Vogue to determine if the magazine presented styles that would oppose a school dress code.
  • Oral Presenter, Apr. 2012, University of Puerto Rico, McNair Research Conference: Presented preliminary findings from content analysis on Teen Vogue which assessed styles and fashion, and messages assumed from retailers’ advertisements.

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